3 May 1996

Green &profitable – the winners

SIX farming businesses have proved this week that it is possible to farm profitably and enhance the environment at the same time.

The six finalists in the sustainable farming competition, sponsored by Amazone, LEAF and FARMERS WEEKLY, showed how to re-invest farm profits in conservation projects, said junior farm minister Tony Baldry.

Regional finalists

Collecting awards from Mr Baldry were regional finalists: Jimmie Simpson, farm manager for Mrs Bright Gordons Rosefarm, Cromarty; Ian Brown, Lee Brown Farm, Alnwick; Michael Hogan, Bickley Farm, Tenbury Wells; Richard Stirling, manager for the Manydown Farming Company, Basingstoke; the Squier Brothers, Doggets Farm, Rochford and Nick Bumford, Guiting Power Farms, Cheltenham.

Each received a cheque for £400. Mr Bumford was also the overall winner and picked up the top £4000 prize .