Environmental and Crop awards.

November 20, 2016

Gloucestershire Root Fruit & Grain Society 2016

The Gloucestershire Root Fruit and Grain Society which is very much alive today, had an exciting start.  Back in 1863 two farmers came to blows in Gloucester Market, each claiming to grow better crops than the other. A peacemaker suggested that specimens be brought to Gloucester where independent judges would pronounce. The event attracted crowds of interested farmers and from it the society was born. In the early years annual shows were held at the Corn Exchange, but during the Second World War farmers could not take their produce to Gloucester so the judges went to the farms, receiving special allocations of petrol in the interests of food producing. http://www.grfgs.com/index.php

R S Chew trophy

R S Chew trophy

RN Padfield & Sons have long been supporters of the society and the oldest prize certificate we can still find in the cabinet  is the award for best wheat crop in 1950.

1950 Wheat 1st Prize

It was a privilege to be awarded first prize in the medium farm class for the ‘Best Farmed Farm’ and to follow this with the RS Chew Trophy for the best hedges, fences and ditches this year at the award evening at Gloucester Rugby Club on the 18th November 2016.  The RS Chew Trophy is a prize cup dating back to 1899.

1959 certificate

1959 certificate

Interestingly the recognition for our environmental work builds on being awarded a commendation in the FWAG Silver Pintail Farming and Wildlife award in 2015 in recognition of the farm’s commitment to sustainable agricultural practices and wildlife protection.

fwag commendation

fwag commendation

In our tenth year of no- till agriculture we are pleased that we are still achieving good crops, and whilst we did not hit the top spot, we are proud of third place for the Oil Seed Rape crop and third for the most profitable wheat crop.

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