Driving past the farm of this year’s Farming for Nature winner Jim Cronin, outside Killaloe, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d taken a very wrong turn and ended up on the type of horticulture enterprise usually seen in a much warmer climate. Row upon row of vibrant, colourful vegetables light up the green landscape.

Cabbage, kale, potatoes and lots, lots more all tilled and rowed neatly with either a small tractor or horse and plough plus a few cosmos and marigolds to attract pollinators.