At the Bayer/FACE awards ceremony held at The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in central London, representatives from across the agriculture and education spectrum celebrated the presentation of awards to farmers and countryside organisations demonstrating the very best in farming and countryside education.
These Awards, organised by Bayer CropScience and FACE (Farming and Countryside Education), showcase those farmers who are making a real difference to the lives of young people through their work in providing them access to the farm environment, and educating them about the industry.
“We are delighted to work with FACE to celebrate the very best in farming education," said Andrew Orme, managing director of Bayer CropScience. "We believe that as key suppliers to the farming industry, we should play a role in promoting the work that farmers are doing in their communities. These awards are just one of the initiatives that Bayer CropScience is working on with its partners to help the sustainable development of UK farming.”
Janet Hickinbottom, Head of Education at FACE, said: “We are growing up in an increasingly urbanised world and FACE feel that we need to reinforce the connection between communities and their local farms. Children, young people and their families have become disassociated with where their food comes from and do not know what constitutes a healthy diet. By reintroducing children to the countryside we can show them the opportunities rural sites hold for both leisure and employment.”
There are five categories that make up the Bayer/FACE Awards:
Biodiversity Award - Paul Barnes, Blackwood Farm, Braithwaite, Cumbria
Criteria: For a farm which encourages young people to develop a greater understanding of biodiversity generally or for a specific species. Highlighting the importance of biodiversity, which is vital to a region’s wildlife survival.
Category winner: Paul Barnes - Blackwood Farm, Braithwaite, Cumbria
Access Award - Lydia Otter, Pennyhooks Farm, Shrivenham, Wiltshire
Criteria: For a farm which demonstrates outstanding achievement in the area of encouraging access for pupils with special needs, disaffected students or disadvantaged young people. Working with a school or group to identify the best way of providing a meaningful learning experience.
Category winner: Lydia Otter - Pennyhooks Farm, Shrivenham, Wiltshire
Countryside Careers Award - David Rose, S Clarke Farms, Scriveton, Bingham, Notts
Criteria: For a farm which is making an outstanding contribution to an understanding of careers in the countryside. Activities may include offering work experience, supporting vocational qualifications and promoting the many and varied jobs in the countryside.
David Rose - S Clarke Farms, Home Farm, Scriveton, Bingham, Notts
Farm to the Classroom Award - Phil Smallwood, Greenheyes Farm, Bostock, Cheshire
Criteria: For a farm making a valuable contribution to school life away from the farm, whether it be covering curriculum activities, setting up a school farmers' market or helping with growing activities, as not all farms are conducive to hosting educational visits, the emphasis is on bringing expertise to the school.
Category Winner: Phil Smallwood - Greenheyes Farm, Bostock, Cheshire
Innovative Learning Award - Elspeth Walker, Under Whitle Farm, Sheen, Derbyshire
Criteria: For a farm which has developed and implemented new learning experiences which are seen to have inspired and encouraged young people, as how a farm experience is provided can make all the difference between a useful school visit and a truly memorable one!
Category Winner: Elspeth Walker - Under Whitle Farm, Sheen, Derbyshire
Overall Winner: Paul Barnes - Blackwood Farm, Braithwaite, Cumbria