Two farmers recognised for making Britain a happier place

Two farmers have been named among the top 100 people making Britain a happier place.

Lincolnshire arable farmer and Forage Aid founder Andrew Ward and West Sussex farmer Robert Worsley, who rejected a £275m offer for his land, made it on to the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List.

The annual list, which was founded in 2008 as an antidote to the lists that celebrate wealth as an end in itself, highlights heroes and heroines whose kindness, ingenuity and bravery make Britain a better place to live.

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Mr Ward set up forage donation scheme Forage Aid to help struggling livestock farmers hit by the devastating winter storms in 2013 and last year’s Somerset floods.

The recognition comes just months after the father-of-two was awarded the MBE at Buckingham Palace for services to farming resilience. Mr Ward was also named Farmers Weekly Farming Champion of the Year for 2014.

Meanwhile, Mr Worsley turned down the chance to become a multimillionaire overnight after rejecting a £275m bid for his 223ha farm in Twineham, near the South Downs.

Developer Mayfield had offered him the eye-watering sum because they wanted the land as part of plans to build 10,000 new homes.

But Mr Worsley was hailed a hero of the countryside after he rebuffed the offer, saying: “Long after I have gone, Sussex will be spoiled. I will be one of the architects of that and that is what I want to resist.”

The Happy List, which is backed by prime minister David Cameron, is chosen by readers of the Independent on Sunday.

Mr Cameron said the list was a great way to recognise the work done by “hardworking people who go the extra mile to help those around them”.

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