Northumberland’s Lord Curry of Kirkharle has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to British agriculture.
Lord Curry, a British farmer and businessman, claimed the honour at the Farmers’ Guardian British Farming Awards last month.
He was recognised for his service to agriculture at the awards, which celebrate the best in creative thinking, innovation and dedication among Britain’s farmers.
Now chairman of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, Lord Curry leads the charity which was established by The Prince of Wales in 2010.
It aims to enhance the prospects of family farm businesses and the quality of rural life, and provides more than £1million of grant funding each year. It also leads projects to strengthen farm businesses and commissions research into issues affecting farming families and rural communities.
Lord Curry said: “It is a huge honour to be given this award by my colleagues in the farming industry.
“From the first day I put on a pair of wellington boots all I ever wanted to do was farm so I left school at 16, against my father’s wishes, to work on our farm in Coquetdale – the rest is history.
“What a privilege it has been to have been involved in so many fulfilling ways.”
The ceremony, which is now in its fourth year, was held at the Chateau Impney Hotel, Droitwich.