2018 National 'Farming for Nature' Award

Date Released: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Members of the public, and in particular the farming community, are being asked to vote for one of six shortlisted farmers as their top pick for the 2018 National ‘Farming for Nature’ Award. The prestigious award is part of a wider independent initiative ( 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. From an initial long list of farmers – nominated by over 150 environmental professionals – a shortlist of six farmers has been compiled. A 5-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 at, with the winner to be announced at a special event on Saturday Oct 27th.  The deadline for votes is midnight Thursday Oct 25th 2018.

The national Farming for Nature Award is sponsored by An Bord Bia and supported by a wide range of farming and conservation interests including the Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the National Rural Network, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Irish Farmers Association, the National Biodiversity Data Centre, Teagasc, the Irish Farmer’s Journal and the Heritage Council.

Members of the public can also contribute stories on Twitter about nature on their farms at #myfarmingfornature.