On 9th September 2021, the Royal Agricultural Society of England were delighted to celebrate their annual Bledisloe Day. This year, the Society was graciously hosted by Barnston Estate, who were awarded the prestigious Bledisloe Gold Medal for Landowners in 2019.

The day commenced with the presentation of the 2021 RASE Awards.

The Excellence in Practical Farming Award was presented to Tim May of Kingsclere Estates. Tim is a 2011 Nuffield scholar on sustainability and champion’s regenerative farming and the introduction of livestock and upholds the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ theory.

The National Agricultural Award was presented to Ian Pigott, nationally recognised as the founder of Open Farm Sunday, FACE and the Farm School. Ian has made vast contributions to bridging the communications gap between farmers and the public. Ian also practices regenerative/ no till agriculture and is an industry wide leader of innovation.

The Bledisloe Gold Medal for Landowners was presented to the Raveningham Estate, who have exemplified the high standards of modern rural Estate management. The Raveningham Estate have excelled in conservation, solar and biomass schemes and is also a past winner of the RASE Woodland awards.

Ed Barnston of Barnston Estate commented:

“We were greatly honoured to host The Royal Agricultural Society of England’s Bledisloe Awards Day at the Barnston Estate.

Congratulations to all three winners who have demonstrated their innovative approaches to agricultural excellence and pursuit of the triple bottom line.

I’m delighted to pass the baton of the Bledisloe Gold Medal on to Sir Nicholas Bacon of the Raveningham Estate, a deserved recipient of this prestigious award.”

Barnston Estate is managed in harmony with the ‘Triple Botton Line’ philosophy of balancing People, Planet and Profit - creating value for the local community while being environmentally sustainable and financially viable. Guests were privileged to enjoy a tour of the Estate and the day was rounded off with a lunch that sampled some of Cheshire’s finest produce.

Philip Gready of RASE commented:

“The Barnston Estate provided the perfect backdrop for the making of these prestigious awards and I am extremely grateful to Ed Barnston and his family for hosting the event. The awards made by The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) celebrate the very pinnacle of achievement in British agriculture and land management and my congratulations go the winners for the great contribution they make to the industry”.

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