23 November 2001

£200 food hamper prize in free draw

By Isabel Davies

PUT yourself in the running to win a magnificent £200 hamper of British food by voting in this years Farm Personality of the Year Awards. As well as a free prize draw, its also an opportunity to thank those individuals who have done the most to support British farming through the past year.

Votes that have already reached the farmers weekly offices show the award has struck a chord with readers. Some have even written accompanying letters. They demonstrate a desire to pay tribute to the personalities that have given them guidance and hope during dark times.

So do you feel Ben Gill deserves recognition for the leadership he has shown during the past 12 months? Being president of the NFU can be a thankless task at the best of times. But imagine being in the hot-seat in the middle of the worst foot-and-mouth outbreak the world has ever seen.

A pair of wellies await the winner of farm villain of the year category – with new boots they should have no excuse for not getting out into the countryside. We are asking readers to suggest the person who they believe has done their level best to inflict misery on an industry which was struggling even at the start of the year.

All you need to do to register your vote is fill out the form provided and send it to us by Dec 10, fax us on 020-8652 4005 or visit our web-site www.fwi.co.uk. Remember, unless you provide a name and address then we will be unable to include you in the draw. &#42

farmers weekly Farm Personalityof the Year Awards

My vote for the farmers weekly Farm Personality of the Year Award goes to: (Please tick one box)

Brigadier Alex Birtwistle, for using his military expertise to lead the fight against foot-and-mouth in Cumbria.

Phoenix the calf, for highlighting the tragic slaughter of thousands of healthy animals leading to questions about the governments culling policies.

NFU president Ben Gill for his leadership during the most harrowing 12 months in living memory.

Gordon Gatwood, director of the Arthur Rank Centre, for his work with the ARC Addington Fund and other groups offering farmers emotional and financial support.

Duke of Westminster, for highlighting the plight of the industry by waiving his tenants rents and making a generous donation to funds supporting farmers.

Anthony Gibson, regional director for the NFU in the south west, for passionately speaking out on behalf of farmers in his region affected by F&M.

Guy Thomas-Everard, Somerset beef producer, for standing up to officials to protect his 1000 head of healthy cattle from the slaughtermen.

Nina Planck, founder of London Farmers Markets, for her work in helping to promote UK farmers markets.

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The following candidate deserves recognition for the misery and hurt he/she has helped inflict on the British agricultural industry during the past year.

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Please post your entry by Dec 10 to Farm Personality of the Year Awards,

farmers weekly, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5AS. Or you can fax your reply to 020-8652 4005, e-mail: farmers.weekly@rbi.co.uk or visit our web-site: www.fwi.co.uk