Smith & Williamson has sponsored, alongside Waitrose & Partners, the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) Silver Lapwing award for the 11th year running. The award recognises farmers who go the extra mile to protect and enhance the countryside in which they farm.
Charles Inglis was last week awarded the highly-coveted FWAG award, which is now in its 42nd year. His farm - Hole Farm in Norfolk - was part of a national shortlist of seven farms, each selected for demonstrating outstanding commitment to good environmental practices, alongside running successful farm businesses.
“As a trustee of FWAG I am thrilled to support the Silver Lapwing award and would like to congratulate Hole Farm on its win this year. From the Salisbury office we specialise in tax and accountancy services for farms and landed estates, as well as offering financial advice. Because of this we understand the importance of highlighting those who have shown continued dedication to preserving and encouraging wildlife on their farms. FWAG does a fantastic job in the farming community and Smith & Williamson is delighted to be involved with such a forward-thinking group,” said Aloysia Daros, director at Smith & Williamson LLP.
The 2019 FWAG Silver Lapwing award was presented to Robin Carver (Charles’ father-in-law) on Monday 17th June 2019 by Charles Beaumont, Silver Lapwing head judge, Martin Hole, Silver Lapwing judge, and Duncan Sinclair, partner and agriculture Manager for Waitrose & Partners. This year the award ceremony was hosted by the 2018 Silver Lapwing winner Giles Mounsey-Heysham and his son Toby Mounsey-Heysham, at Castletown Farm, Cumbria.
The celebrations this year coincided with the FWAG’s 50th anniversary. Marking the occasion, Gary Rumbold, FWAG South West General Manager, spoke of the monumental landmark, noting 50 years of independent, expert advice to farmers
“We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of FWAG this year. The Silver Lapwing celebration brings us the perfect opportunity to thank the forward-thinking farmers and stakeholders who established FWAG in 1969. By finding the balance between agriculture, conservation and business, FWAG has had a major impact and we hope to continue this work for another 50 years,” said Gary Rumbold, FWAG South West General Manager.
Around 100 attendees from all sectors of the British farming and agriculture industry attended the award presentation and lunch. The presentation was followed by a tour of Castletown Estate, which includes 2500 acres of farmed salt marsh, highlighting some of the reasons why the farm won the Silver Lapwing Award in 2018.