A Blandford farm has been nominated for one of the most long standing awards in the farming industry, the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group’s ‘Silver Lapwing Award’.
One of four national finalists, JHR Hosford, Travellers Rest Farm, Blandford was selected in recognition of its extensive efforts to protect and enhance the countryside.
Travellers Rest Farm extends to 880ha and is managed by George and Dougal Hosford in partnership with their parents. All land is rented from the Crown Estate. As tenants the first aim has to be to run a commercially viable and profitable business. This means growing crops that show the greatest potential for profit each year whilst also maintaining a viable long term rotation. Joining the higher level environmental stewardship scheme (HLS) four years ago has also allowed the family’s long term interest in conservation to continue alongside the commercial crop growing. All grassland is permanent and has been managed in a way which allows the natural downland flowers to flourish under a system of mixed grazing with cattle and sheep.
Each of the nominees for the 2014 FWAG Silver Lapwing Award were chosen for demonstrating outstanding commitment to good environmental practices, alongside the production of food. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony taking place in Norfolk in early June.