April 10, 2014
Fife farmers support charity countryside photography competition
Fife farmers Ian and Carole Brunton are urging people to enter a photography competition and help to support a rural charity. As part of their involvement with the Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET), Ian and Carole regularly open their farm near Anstruther in Fife to groups of local school children, who learn about where their food comes from. The couple have pledged their 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.
“Ian and Carole are like many of our customers. Their 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.
The Bruntons farm over 500 acres in Fife, Scotland, growing wheat and barley along with livestock, including 90 suckler cows and 200 breeding ewes. They open the farm up to local school children six times a year as part of their work with RHET, transforming it into an outdoor classroom. To date they have given over 1800 children the chance to learn about where their food comes from.
Carole joined RHET Fife, her local organisation, 11 years ago after working in a school and observing that many children knew little about the countryside and what happens in the fields around their homes and communities. After joining the charity as a volunteer Carole then moved on to be a project co-ordinator. In 2013 she organised 79 farm visits and 69 classroom talks reaching a total of 1743 children.
“Ian and I really enjoy opening up our farm to local children. We’re passionate about teaching them about where their food comes from,” says Carole.
“RHET provides fantastic opportunities for school children in Scotland to visit the outdoors and learn about food, farming and the countryside. And it’s not just farm visits, we also arrange for volunteers to speak to children in classrooms on a range of farming and countryside-related topics.”
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.