Charlie Watson Smyth from Padstow is one of eight farmers shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Nature of Farming Award. Charlie and his family, who manage Tregirls, has won the South West Award and has been shortlisted for his achievements in looking after wildlife and the environment while running a productive mixed beef and arable farm. Charlie said; “'We're delighted to have made some real tangible changes to the wildlife on our farm here in Padstow. My late father-in-law saw the last Cornish chough on his farm in 1973 and I want my own grandchildren to grow up watching a chattering of choughs at Tregirls like generations before. Voting for our Cornish farm may help us win this prestigious award and would mean real recognition for all of our hard work, now and in the future.”
Eight farmers from across the UK are through to the final of the Nature of Farming Award with people across the land voting to decide who they think should come out on top. People who cast their vote will be automatically entered into a draw to win a luxury break for two people.
Now in its sixth year, the Nature of Farming Award celebrates farmers who do wonderful things for nature, finding the one who’s done the most on their land to help our threatened countryside wildlife. The competition is run by the RSPB, supported by Butterfly Conservation and Plantlife, and sponsored by The Telegraph.
The award was set up to help share wildlife-friendly farming practice and encourage public awareness of the important role we need farmers to play in conservation. It celebrates farmers who work hardest to help threatened countryside wildlife, such as skylarks, brown hares, bees, butterflies and plants.
Please vote for Charlie to win! Deadline is tomorrow at midnight
Here's the link http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/farming/natureoffarming/finalists/charlie-watson-Smyth.aspx