Silver Pintail Trophy
Gloucestershire's Farming & Wildlife Award
Gloucestershire's Silver Pintail Trophy showcases the long term commitment to wildlife conservation and sustainable farming shown by many farmers across the county. Unlike the other awards each year has a theme, this allows different farms to enter in different years, depending on their strengths.
For details of the 2017 competition please visit the FWAG SouthWest website here
The 2015 Silver Pintail Award Theme is: Down to Earth
The importance of soil management
Soil management has been chosen as this years theme because 2015 is the International Year of Soils (IYS), as declared by the United Nations Council. The IYS aims to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable soil management for food, fuel and fibre production, essential ecosystem functions and better adaptation to climate change for present and future generations.
Examples of on-farm soil management practices include:
- Keeping soil in the field– Buffer strips, sediment traps, beetle banks, cover crops.
- Building soil organic matter– Green manures, catch crops.
- Farm practices– low pressure tyres, direct drilling, min tillage, sub soiling.
The 2015 entries are now in and judging is planned for June.
2014 Silver Pintail Results & Walk
The 2014 Silver Pintail trophy was presented at a special gathering at the Royal Agricultural University held before the January meeting of the Gloucestershire FWAG Steering Group. The three finalists provided strong competition and any one of them would have been a worthy winner.
- The winner, was Nick Bumford of Guiting Manor Farms, Guiting Power, who will be the very deserving custodian of the Silver Pintail trophy for the next year.
- The two other finalists were declared “Joint Runners-Up” and received certificates from Lord Bathurst, President of Gloucestershire FWAG: Robert Jackson, Manor Farm, Sevenhampton & Ian Boyd, Whittington Lodge Farm (Whittington Court Estate).
All three farms are situated on the Cotswolds and provide a mix of arable, grass and woodland habitats. All demonstrated a comprehensive approach to the care and enhancement of wildlife habitats and the conservation of natural resources. In particular they made an outstanding contribution to the provision of suitable conditions for Farmland Birds which was the theme of the 2014 competition.
On Nick Bumfords farm the judges, Richard Appleton and Jenny Phelps, were particularly impressed with the provision and management of field margins and pollen and nectar crops on the arable land. As well as the very effective broad approach they take to conservation, which is carefully balanced with maintaining a profitable business and producing good quality food. By achieving this balance Guiting Manor Farm has been able to invest in both its business and conservation activities, creating a farm Gloucestershire can be proud of!