The 2021 National Farming For Nature Ambassador Awards was held last night in Kinvara, Co.Galway. Now in its 4th year, the awards celebrate the 23 new Ambassador selected from the 2021 nomination process. The Awards then focused on 7 farmers from these that represented a cross section of farming types and geographical locations etc. All the Ambassadors are outstanding examples of how farming can have a positive impact on our biodiversity and climate. These Ambassadors operate a wide range of farming systems and worked with a range of valuable habitats including species-rich grasslands and heaths, wetlands, woodlands and hedgerows. Each one represents an inspiring story around managing this land in a way that sustains nature while remaining productive.
Farming For Nature believes that every farmer in Ireland should be able to relate to at least one of these farmers and admire what they have managed to achieve on their farms. We commissioned a short film on each one of these farms so that the public could learn more about farming for nature and also choose their favourite story. We had an outstanding response with thousands of votes cast in the last few weeks. The winner of this year’s Public Choice Award was Kildare farmers Norman and Michael Dunne. For more information on their farm and their video go here.
(Brigid Barry, Manager, Farming For Nature presenting Michael and Norman Dunne with their 2021 Ambassador Plaque)