Kirton farmer Andrew Dennis wins award for wildlife-friendly farming
A LOCAL farmer has triumphed over competitors in seven counties to win the Green Business Award in the RSPB’s Stepping Up For Nature Award.
Andrew Dennis of Woodlands Organic Farm in Kirton has been chosen for the award because of his outstanding work for wildlife-friendly farming, which includes implementing land management measures to help turtle doves which are becoming extinct.
Part of this award from the RSPB will enable him to plant areas of his farm with a special ‘turtle dove seed mix’ developed to create a great habitat for these iconic birds.
Mr Dennis said: “I am so delighted to have won this award.
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What’s nice about the award is that everyone has contributed to making it possible, from the office worker to the manual worker.
“We attract all sorts of land birds and we have a turtle dove project. There is the possibility of extinction if the decline in turtle doves continues. We are working on increasing numbers.
“We are also working towards becoming self sufficient with renewable energy.
“We hope to continue working with the RSPB in Frampton.”
The Stepping Up For Nature Awards ran across seven counties: Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. There were six categories – green business, lifetime achievement, upcoming environmentalist, local community project, garden for wildlife and school environmental project.
Aggie Rothon from the RSPB said: “We will be working with each of the category winners to help them to keep taking steps for nature. It has been such a pleasure to meet and learn about all the amazing things going on in the eastern region for the benefit of wildlife. Let’s keep doing all we can.”