Cairngorms National Park

Uath Lochans from Farleitter Crag, Kingussie

Who has the greenest tractor?

2nd June 2015

This summer sees the launch of the Cairngorms Nature Green Farm Award and your help is needed to find the winner!

Cairngorms Nature wants to recognise and reward farmers from within the Cairngorms National Park who are making a substantial contribution to the natural environment around them, whether big or small.

This award will recognise Farmers and Land Managers who do their best, within the course of their business to maintain and enhance the outstanding wildlife in the Cairngorms National Park.

The winner could be a business which has been making a steady and consistent contribution to the landscape and environment for a number of years, or a business which has changed its management practices to make a real difference to the environment.

Bruce McConachie, Land Management Adviser at the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA), explains:  “Without farmers and crofters in the Cairngorms National Park we would lose many of the species, habitats and landscapes that we all know and love.  There are some that go the extra mile to care for Cairngorms Nature and we are pleased that we now have a way to publically recognise this and to thank them for their hard work.

“The Judges will be looking at areas that are currently managed under environmental schemes but they will also be hoping to find people that have gone beyond what’s asked for by e.g. creating wet areas for wading birds, protecting river banks and by planting native woodlands that in time will provide shelter for livestock and wildlife.”

The award will be judged by a panel of judges representing both Cairngorms Nature and the Farming community. The panel will be looking for a farm which has had a positive effect on the environment, whether by focused action for priority species or localised habitat management.

The Cairngorms Nature Green Farm Award will be presented at the Grantown Show on Thursday 13th August and the winner will receive an outdoor plaque to display at their Farm as well as a personal prize.

If you know a business that is making a real contribution to wildlife and would like to nominate them for this award you can find out more at http://cairngorms.co.uk/look-after/farmland/green-farm-award

The closing date for nominations is 23 July 2015