Will and Hilary Chester Master, along with their farm manager John Newman, won the 2015 competition for good soil management, raising the awareness of the importance of “living soils”.

Butler Sherborn sponsor the celebrations at Abbey Home Farm for Will and Hilary Chester Master winning the 2015 Silver Pintail Award

We were delighted to be asked to sponsor the celebrations at Abbey Home Farm for Will and Hilary Chester Master winning the 2015 Silver Pintail Award for outstanding sustainable farming practice.

The award is organised through Gloucestershire FWAG (Farm and Wildlife Advisory Group) and showcases the long term commitment to wildlife conservation and sustainable farming shown by many farmers across the country.  Will and Hilary Chester Master, along with their farm manager John Newman, won the 2015 competition for good soil management, raising the awareness of the importance of “living soils” and how to underpin sustainable farm practice in the invaluable ecosystem service it provides. The evening attracted over 50 guests and included a tour of their organic farm near Cirencester looking at the variety of organic crops and livestock and understanding how that all links with their woodlands, farm shop, and educational visits.  We were also given a tour of  their  new venture called “Farm Project” which provides on farm residential learning for children & young adults.

“We were delighted to support this event” says Richard Greasby, head of Butler Sherborn’s Rural department. “It was an excellent example of modern farming, demonstrating integration of food production, wildlife and landscape enhancement and education,  promoting innovation but also with a real sense of how that all fits in with the history of the landscape around”.

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