April 2, 2014
Buckinghamshire farmer supports charity countryside photography competition
Buckinghamshire farmer Al Brooks is urging people to enter a photography competition and help to support a rural charity. Al, who manages the Waddesdon Estates near Aylesbury, is a trustee of The Addington Fund and has pledged his support for Agrii’s photo competition which is raising money for the charity and is linked to the company’s presence at this year’s Cereals Event.
Agrii is one of the UK farming industry’s leading suppliers of agronomy services, technology and strategic advice. For each person that enters the photography competition, Agrii will make a donation to a central pot, which will be divided between three rural charities: The Addington Fund, The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET). Each charity is supported by an Agrii customer, who is directly involved with the organisation.
Explaining the background to the photography competition, Mark Thomas, Head of Marketing at Agrii said: “At Agrii, we are fortunate to work with many of the UK’s leading farmers who strive to produce quality food for an ever growing population.
“Al is like many of our customers. His passion for agriculture and the countryside runs far deeper than just a job. They all invest time, energy and money to enhance the environment, support their local schools and communities and look after those who have served farming and now find themselves in need.”
“As a business that works in the countryside and serves the farming industry, we wanted to do something to champion the work that our customers do that goes beyond ‘the day job’.”
The theme of the competition ‘A Passion for the Countryside’ provides an opportunity for amateur photographers to capture the diverse rural British landscape and its activities. Entrants can submit as many photographs as they like, which they feel best reflect the theme.
Al Brooks is farm manager at Waddesdon Estates, Buckinghamshire. The estate covers over 5,000 acres and is host to arable, forestry and livestock enterprises, including 1,000 ewe lambs and 150 suckler cows. In addition to his role at Waddesdon Estates, Al has been a trustee of the Addington Fund for over ten years and is involved in many aspects of the charity’s work, including fundraising, strategy discussions and helping to organise grant-aided work.
“For those struggling to retire from farming, or in financial distress, there is help available,” says Al, “The Addington Fund not only helps the older generation retire from farming without hardship, it also provides financial support for working farmers who need assistance in unexpected circumstances.”
“As a trustee of the charity I was delighted to support this competition and am grateful for the support from Agrii.”
He is passionate about increasing awareness of the number of farmers who need financial help, but often leave it too late before asking, whether because of retirement or through times of unexpected hardship or distress.
The competition has three categories; adult, under 16s and Agrii staff. The adult and under 16s categories will be judged by a panel of independent industry and charity representatives, who will select six finalists. The images from the six finalists will be displayed on the Agrii stand at Cereals 2014, where visitors can vote for the overall winner. The staff category will be judged separately.
The overall winner of the competition will win a prize of £500 in electronics vouchers. The remaining five finalists will each receive £100 in electronics vouchers. All six finalists plus the winner of the staff category will have their image included in the Agrii 2015 calendar.
Entries to the competition are via the Agrii website www.agrii.co.uk where entrants can also find full terms and conditions. Entries close on Monday 12th May at 5pm.