Conservation earns farmer top award
Alexander Izat is celebrating after being announced as the overall champion of the prestigious Tye Trophy Awards, which acknowledges successful commercial farming combined with sound conservation practice.
Alexander, of Cocklaw Farm, Berwick-upon-Tweed, took the honours after winning the Northumberland area section and was presented with his award at last month’s Great Yorkshire Show.
Top of the judging criteria was the degree of integration of conservation into a well-run commercial farming system, and also evidence of future strategy in taking the measures forward. In addition, the extent to which existing habitats and features have been retained, enhanced and managed effectively is taken into consideration.
Chairman of the judging panel John Fenton said: “What has been achieved on this farm in the last 30 years is absolutely stunning. It was a blank canvas when Mr Izat took it over in 1987, with derelict farm buildings, and he has transformed it.”
The farmer was the Northumberland area winner and, as well as the trophy, he took home a cheque for £400, a set of crystal glasses and a certificate, which were presented by the 2015/16 president Sarah York.
Alexander farms 430 acres, with a further 140 on contract.