Northumberland brothers take prestigious farming award

Richard and Fraser Manners with their award. Host Hugh Dennis is pictured, right.
Richard and Fraser Manners with their award. Host Hugh Dennis is pictured, right.

Two Northumberland farmers have won a prestigious award at a glitzy ceremony.

Richard and Fraser Manners from John Manners, Alnwick, were awarded the Diversification Farmer of the Year prize, sponsored by AgriBank, at last night’s Farmers Weekly Awards.

There is no rest for Richard and Fraser, who are running a mix of thriving and growing diversifications at two farms, as well as remaining hands-on with their arable operation.

At Battle Bridge Farm, near Alnwick, the brothers run a combine-breaking business, a haulage contracting business, have a HGV workshop and a shot-blasting and spray-painting facility.

At North Farm, near Embleton, on the picturesque Northumberland coast, they have converted derelict buildings into eight holiday cottages, with several more in planning, as well as leisure and laundry facilities, which will provide for guests and hopefully, in the future, the wider community.

William Waterfield, rural consultant, said: “Richard and Fraser Manners have built a truly robust and diverse business, outstanding levels of customer service and staff development has enabled them to develop national and international businesses.”

The awards were held at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, and hosted by comedian, actor, writer and impressionist Hugh Dennis.