The annual competition recognises the positive work of farmers who use sympathetic farming methods to create wildlife habitat.
John and Tegwen Burns purchased the land that makes up Penlan Farm six years ago to produce seasonal vegetables and free-range eggs for Burns Pet Nutrition’s Penlan Farm moist dog food range. In 2009, with the assistance of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) Cymru, the company started an on-going programme of conservation work at the farm.
Farm secretary Rowan Flindall said: “The introduction of crops which are not common to Carmarthenshire farms, along with the creation and restoration of wildlife habitat, has encouraged a much more diverse wildlife population. The benefit of the farm team’s hard work has been clearly illustrated by the increasing numbers of overwintering farmland birds and raptors, a thriving and diverse insect population and the re-emergence of a number of unusual native plant species.”
As well as FWAG, Burns works with a number of conservation partners and advisors including RSPB Cymru, Butterfly Conservation, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Plantlife, and the Botanical Society of the British Isles.
The award was presented to Burns’ managing director and owner John Burns by the Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Alun Davies, and the director of RSPB Cymru, Katie-Jo Luxton, at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show.
Image: A bag of Burns Pet Nutrition food.