Working with nature pays off on the farm

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North Yorkshire farmer Richard Bramley has been named as the overall champion of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Tye Trophy Awards.

Mr Bramley, a cereals producer who operates at Manor Farm in Kelfield near York, was recognised on the second day of the Great Yorkshire Show for demonstrating excellence in farming and commitment to integrating conservation with commercial agriculture.

A chartered environmentalist, he is an active member of the National Farmers’ Union for the North East and last year he won the RSPB’s Nature of Farming Award for northern England.

Mr Bramley was one of numerous farmers across the North of England who vied for the award.

Charles Mills, one of the judges and a trustee of the YAS, said: “Richard’s was a very well run farm and his attention to detail, combining conservation and a commercial arable business, was well done. Wild flower meadows have been planted, bird species encouraged and hedgerow management is featured.

“His dedication to promoting the farming industry to different groups and particularly students was impressive.

“It is vital that conservation in agriculture is not regarded as something only to be considered by environmental enthusiasts, but incorporated into practical, commercial farming. Over the years we have seen some excellent examples of how this can be done, all of which helps encourage others and is vital to the future of British farming.”

Regional winners included Tim Sellers of Carr House Farm, Foston on the Wolds, Driffield, John Key of Garfield House Farm, Midhopestones, Stocksbridge, Tom Comber of Elwick Farm, Belford near Berwick upon Tweed and Chris, Liz and Harry Hodgson of Piercebridge Farm, Piercebridge, Darlington.

Mr Bramley also took the regional award for North Yorkshire.