Industry nod for a committed farmer

A North Yorkshire farmer is in the running for a retailer’s top prize after being singled out for his commitment to educating and encouraging the next generation.

Olly Heywood gives lectures on his livelihood and provides teenagers with work experience during the summer at his 270-acre sheep farm - Heywood Farms, York. In recognition, he has been shortlisted for Marks & Spencer’s Farming for the Future awards. Mr Heywood supplies lamb to M&S through supplier Dawn Meats.

The awards celebrate suppliers working towards the retailer’s Plan A commitments which include becoming carbon neutral, sending no waste to landfill, extending sustainable sourcing, setting new standards in ethical trading, and helping customers and employees live a healthier lifestyle.

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Mr Heywood will discover if he has been crowned the Farming for the Future winner on the first day of the Great Yorkshire in Harrogate on Tuesday, July 8.

Steve Mclean, head of agriculture and fisheries at M&S, said: “We are continually impressed with the commitment and passion our suppliers show towards Plan A and sustainable farming practices, and I’m delighted to once again be honouring some of the country’s most inspiring farming champions.

“Olly’s dedication to innovation, best practice and future-proof farming really shone through and I wish him the best of luck when we unveil the winner.”