Practice award for Graham

A NORTH Northumberland farmer has picked up a top award for good farming practice. Graham Dixon, of Alwinton Farm, Harbottle, is the Northumberland regional winner of the Tye Trophy.

The competition, organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society in conjunction with FWAG, the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, recognises good farming practice, and in particular conservation and environmental improvement, in Yorkshire and the North East. Judging includes how well the farm integrates management of the business with conservation.

Graham and the four other regional winners were honoured at a presentation ceremony at the Great Yorkshire Show, when they each received £200 and individual trophies.

Phil Lyth, farm conservation adviser with FWAG in Yorkshire, said: “The quality of entrants continues to be high, with the work undertaken on farms reflecting the broad range of environmental priorities. It is particularly encouraging to see how many farmers are actively involved in farm visits and informing school children and the non-farming public about their work in managing the countryside and producing food.”