Nominations are now open for the third national Farming for Nature (FFN) awards. The intention of the awards is to reward farmers for the positive role they play in looking after nature on their land. These farmers share their insights on tackling Ireland’s biodiversity problems through farm walks, short films and podcasts.
FFN wants to further expand its network of 20 ambassadors in 2020 and is seeking nominations for farmers who are going that extra mile for nature.
The FFN ambassador awards are sponsored by Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme and the wider FFN initiative that includes a range of farmer-friendly resources. The initiative is supported by the Department of Agriculture, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the National Rural Network.
Co-founder of the Burren Programme and FFN volunteer Dr Brendan Dunford said: “For the past two years, with Bord Bia’s support, we have been able to acknowledge and celebrate farmers across Ireland who are doing great things for nature.
"Seeing and hearing these farmers share their love of nature, and knowing that they work day-in day-out to make sure nature has a place on their farms, is really inspiring – to me these people are our unsung conservation heroes.”
Project co-ordinator Brigid Barry explained: "Farmers will be nominated by a panel of over 200 heritage specialists across Ireland and then shortlisted based on agreed criteria.
"We are hoping to hear about farmers who do great things for nature, who farm in a manner that is agriculturally, economically and socially progressive, and who are willing to share their story with others. Short videos of 10 shortlisted farmers will then be made and used as part of an online voting system by the public in early autumn."
For more information and to nominate a farmer, click here.
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