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Farming and environment acknowledged in New Year's Honours list

The founder of Open Farm Sunday was among a range of agricultural chiefs acknowledged in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for 2016.


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Ian Pigott, founder of Open Farm Sunday, has received an OBE for services to agricultural and countryside education in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

 

Open Farm Sunday, managed by Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF), started in 2006 and last year’s event saw nearly 400 farms welcome 291,000 visitors; a record which LEAF is aiming to beat in 2016.

 

Mr Pigott is currently chairman of the Farming and Countryside Education charity.

 

 

 

NFU Cymfu’s former director, Mary James has been awarded a member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to agriculture in Wales.

 

After working on behalf of the agricultural industry in Wales for over 37 years, she retired in September 2014 after 15 years with NFU Cymru, nine years as deputy director before being appointed director in 2008.

 

She continues her interest in farming and is a trustee of the Farm Safety Foundation.

 

Along with Ms James, Daphne Tilley, from Henllan, Denbighshire has been honoured for services to the food industry, particularly her role in supplying Welsh Lamb into top London restaurants.

 

For the full list of Honours, click here.

 


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Other honours

  • Dame Georgina Mary Mace - services to science (centre for biodiversity and environmental research, UCL)
  • Professor Nigel Gibbens CBE - services to the veterinary profession and animal welfare (Defra)
  • Professor Peter Matthews CBE - services to environmental management (Natural Resources Wales)
  • Gerald Lavery CBE - services to the agri-food industry in Northern Ireland (Defra)
  • Ian Pigott OBE - services to agricultural and countryside education (Open Farm Sunday)
  • John Varley OBE - services to agriculture, the environment and the rural community
  • Professor William Donachie OBE - services to animal and veterinary biosciences
  • Stephen Ashby OBE - services to protecting plant health (Defra)
  • David Jordan OBE - services to the environment and international environment protection (Environment Agency)
  • Christopher Napier OBE - services to the environment and the rural community in Southern England (Campaign to Protect Rural England)
  • John Riddle OBE - services to the community, environment and business in Northumberland (Northumberland National Park)
  • Professor David Sigsworth OBE - services to the environment and sustainable futures (Scottish Environment Protection Agency)
  • Rosalie James MBE - services to agriculture in Wales
  • Daphne Tilley MBE - services to the food industry, particularly Welsh lamb
  • John Lockwood MBE - services to agriculture in Lincolnshire (Lincolnshire Agricultural Society)
  • Darren Share MBE - services to the environment in Birmingham (head of parks, Birmingham City Council)
  • Wilma Harper MBE - services to the forestry sector
  • Benjamin Parker MBE - services to the community in Salisbury (River Bourne Community Farm)
  • Peter Adams MBE - services to the conservation of flora and fauna in South West Wessex and East London
  • Anthony Burgess MBE - services to higher education governance and fundraising (Harper Adams University)
  • Alan Stennett BEM - services to the farming industry and broadcasting in Lincolnshire
  • Canon Keith Ineson BEM - services to the farming community in Cheshire
  • Marny Mowatt BEM - services to the Orkney County Show
  • Nicholas Smith BEM - services to the forestry and environmental sectors in Herefordshire and to Ornithology (Forestry Commission)

 

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