NFU Community Farming Hero awards

12 August 2022

NFU Farming Hero badge sitting over a countryside village scene

Alongside producing food, farmers often go above and beyond for their communities. Whether they are helping neighbours during extreme weather or fundraising for charities, farmers are an integral part of their local area. The NFU has decided that it's time to give these heroes the recognition they deserve. 

We've launched this new award to recognise individual farmers who play an important role in their local communities.

MPs have been nominating farmers from their constituency to be our inaugural Community Farming Hero.

There will be 8 winners in total.

Get involved

If you know a farmer who you think is a local hero, let your local MP know. Maybe they've:

  • organised or supplied a food bank
  • inspired school children about farming
  • fundraised for a local charity
  • volunteered in the local community or
  • helped out in times of bad weather.

In fact, however they are helping their local community we want to spread the word about what they do.

Find your local MP

Not sure of your local MP? Visit Find your MP – UK Parliament and enter your location or postcode.

Send your MP the Nominate your Community Farming Hero link and they should do the rest.

MPs have until 29 August to choose their constituency winners. These winners will then be put forward to receive a regional award. 

We'll celebrate all of our regional winners on Back British Farming Day on 14 September.

Meet the constituency winners so far

Read what the MPs have said about the NFU members in their constituencies and how they have been making a difference in their communities.

We'll update this page as we receive an MP's nominee and have verified them as the constituency winner.

Nominated by:
Kate Griffiths MP (Cons)
Burton

Robert Atkin

Rob is nominated for his vision for the future of farming and the responsibility he takes for educating others about farming and his role in tackling climate change.


 

Nominated by:
Jeremy Hunt MP (Cons)
South West Surrey

Harry Hall

Harry is incredibly generous in supporting local causes. For example, at nearby village fetes he donates free fruit, and has transformed an area of six tired looking, old potato fields into one of the most successful businesses in the constituency.


 

Nominated by:
George Freeman MP (Cons)
Mid Norfolk

Glenn Anderson

Glenn is the driving force behind the Wendling Beck Exemplar Project, blazing a trail that will allow farms up and down the country to deliver '21st century' farming and 'ecosystem services' while significantly boosting the local tourism offer.


 

Nominated by:
Ian Levy MP (Cons)
Blyth Valley

Chris Hogg

Chris, Valdine and George run so more than just a farm. Caring for local birdlife is a particular priority for them. They produce their own bird food and provide other services for local birdkeepers and bird lovers in the area.


 

Nominated by:
Bob Seely MP (Cons)
Isle of Wight

Paul Griffin

Paul's farm has amazing dairy products produced by its herd of Guernsey cows, a commitment to looking after the land it occupies, and provides a farm shop facility to both showcase Isle of Wight produce and to meet the growing demand for Island produce. His business is a family-run business run by Islanders, for Islanders.


 

Nominated by:
Caroline Nokes MP (Cons)
Romsey and Southampton North

Alex Drake

Alex is always one of the first out to help clearing fallen trees after storms, making sure people are safe and alerting services to where power lines are down. His farm has established a milk vending machine service, have done a brilliant job connecting local children with the milk they drink and organises an annual charity tractor run on Boxing Day.


 

Nominated by:
Mike Amesbury MP (Lab)
Weaver Vale

Graham Warburton

The Warburton family show pride in their role in feeding the nation through their passion and enthusiasm for their farm along with how they engage with the community, open their farm to educational access and integrate their farming practices closely with the care of the natural environment.


 

Nominated by:
Helen Whately (Cons)
Faversham and Mid Kent

Bill Alexander

When a fire broke out on a neighbours farm and was spreading towards a residential area, Bill bravely cultivated a firebreak which contained the fire.


Nominated by:
Laura Farris MP (Cons)
Newbury

Eleanor Gilbert

Eleanor has a mission to educate and inspire residents of West Berkshire and beyond about farming in the twenty-first century through her Twitter and Instagram.


 

Nominated by:
Siobhan Ballie MP (Cons)
Stroud

Liz Godsell

Liz is always going the extra mile for others and is always willing to host meetings and open the farm to the public with initiatives like Open Farm Sunday.


 

Nominated by:
Alex Davies MP (Lab)
Pontypridd

Jonathan Huntley

Jonathan has campaigned and worked hard to keep farming free of bovine tuberculosis in his community and has supported farmers across Wales to tackle this devastating problem over the years.


 

Nominated by:
Harriett Baldwin MP (Cons)
West Worcestershire

Jake Freestone

Jake is a fantastic advocate for the food and farming industry and is very enthusiastic about no till conservation agriculture and regenerative farming practices.


 

Nominated by:
Fiona Bruce MP (Cons)
Congleton

Ray Brown

Ray is nominated for his innovation in developing milk production, ice cream making, and development of popular local visitor centre.


 

Nominated by:
Gordon Henderson MP (Cons)
Sittingbourne and Sheppey

Tim Malpas

Tim regularly supports Open Farm Sunday, running orchard tours for the public and teaching them about sheep and farm machinery.


 

Nominated by:
Daniel Kawczynski MP (Cons)
Shrewsbury and Atcham

Andrew Bebb

Andrew has worked for years to support those living in rural areas with mental health. Much of his work goes unseen but his selfless work and campaigning has made a huge difference to his local community.


 

Nominated by:
Andy Carter MP (Cons)
Warrington South

Ray Broadsmith

Ray has worked tirelessly to support the Lymm community over a period of more than 40 years. Throughout the pandemic, his milk retailing business was invaluable and he prioritised deliveries to the elderly, vulnerable and key workers to help get them through lockdown when there were shortages on supermarket shelves. 


 

Nominated by:
Rosie Cooper MP (Lab)
West Lancashire

Robin Cropper

Robin stepped up during the pandemic and went from providing potatoes to fish and chip shops across the North West to donating thousands of tonnes to local food banks and distribution networks.


 

Nominated by:
Katherine Fletcher MP (Cons)
South Ribble

Andy Roe

Team Flavourfresh are known for their community activism. In one of their recent projects, they have been showcasing modern farming techniques in local schools to encourage young learners to be the growers of the future.


 

Nominated by:
Rt Hon Sir Jeremy Wright (Cons)
Kenilworth and Southam

Andy and Lynda Eadon

After the tragic death of their son, Andy and Linda launched a campaign to raise awareness of the mental health challenges often faced by people living in rural areas and have raised over £60,000 for good causes.


 

Nominated by:
Layla Moran MP (LibDem)
Oxford West and Abingdon

Bill and Kim Homewood

Bill and Kim are mainstays of the local community. Whether it's adding to the community spirit with their annual pumpkin picking days, opening the farm up for school visits or supplying the village with trees and turkeys at Christmas, everything they do is based on staying in touch with the local community.


 

Nominated by:
Rt Hon Sir Jake Berry MP (Cons)
Rossendale and Darwen

Rebecca and Colin Fielding

Rebecca and Colin regularly organise charity events and raise money for the local community, alongside keeping the community supplied with fresh milk and dairy on their milk round and educating the local community on what goes on, on the farm.


 

Nominated by:
Maria Eagle MP (Lab)
Garston and Halewood

Olly Harrison

Olly takes an active part in local charity fundraising. Every year, Olly grows a Sunflower Maze and in 2021 it raised over £40,000 for NHS charities. He is the founder of Liverpool’s Christmas Tractor Convoy to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and earlier this year he also turned over space on his farm to house supplies for Ukrainian refugees.


 

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