Roscommon sheep and cattle farmer, Padraig Corcoran, of Mount Plunkett Farm and Nature Reserve in Lecarrow is one of six farmers shortlisted for the inaugural ‘Farming for Nature Awards’. Members of the public, and in particular the farming community, are being asked to vote for their top pick for the 2018 National ‘Farming for Nature’ Award.
The prestigious award is part of a wider independent initiative (www.farmingfornature.ie) which hopes to source, share and celebrate the stories of those farmers across Ireland who are doing great things for nature on their land and in their community.
A five-minute film has been made about each shortlisted farmer and now the public are being asked to view the films and vote for their favourite one, with the winner to be announced at a special event on Saturday, October 27th.
Award organiser, Brendan Dunford, said: “It’s powerful to witness these farmers tell their unique story, and act as such eloquent spokespeople for nature. Padraig is doing great work in terms of farming for nature. He is very passionate about his work and willing to share his extensive knowledge of the diverse habitats, species, management practices, and local history of his farm and award-winning nature reserve”.
Members of the public can vote by visiting www.farmingfornature.ie and selecting their favourite entry.
The national Farming for Nature Award is sponsored by Bord Bia and the deadline for votes is midnight Thursday, October 25th