Bishop of Norwich relaunches environment award
Bishop Graham Usher has relaunched his £1,000 award scheme to find inspirational young workers who are looking after Norfolk's natural environment.
This prestigious award is open to employees and apprentices, under the age of 21, who work for a Norfolk-based employer. Applicants must work within the land-based sector and their employment or apprenticeship should be focused on one or more of the following areas: land management, conservation, countryside management, ecology, climate change management, forestry management and horticulture.
The award aims to raise the profile of land-based environment opportunities within Norfolk, whilst enhancing the CV of the winner and aiding with their future employment prospects. The winner will receive a £1,000 cash prize to help toward training requirements, as well as two tickets to the Royal Norfolk Show where their award will be presented by Bishop Graham, along with a certificate, on Thursday June 29.
The Rt Rev Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich said: “It was a joy to present the inaugural award to Jamie Hipperson last summer (pictured above). It gives me hope in the future of environmentally-conscious farming that seeks to enhance biodiversity. I am hopeful that we shall be able to find an equally worthy winner this year. I am passionate about the care of God’s creation, and how biodiversity can be enhanced, and I hope that this award will inspire the next generation to appreciate the natural world as much as I have in my life.”
The award was launched last year and saw 17-year-old Jamie Hipperson, apprentice at Bentley Farming Ltd claim the prize after demonstrating an in depth understanding of the environmental challenges facing farming and outlining his ideas on how the industry could become more sustainable. You can see Jamie’s winning video here.
Jamie Hipperson said: “I was delighted to receive the first ever Bishop of Norwich Sustainable Environment Young Employee of the Year Award! It was an amazing opportunity to help with my future career in farming and experiences. I plan on saving the award money to contribute to fund my working abroad in New Zealand, for six-months over the harvest season. I would encourage any young employee to apply for this award. It has given me invaluable contacts including support from the RNAA and within the agricultural community.”
Mark Nicholas, Managing Director of the RNAA said: “The RNAA is delighted to partner again with the Bishop of Norwich to deliver this important initiative. The award is central to the RNAA’s wider role of promoting food production, farming, and the countryside, and it seeks to recognise the inspirational efforts by young people to enhance our biodiversity and how we manage our natural capital.”
The award is in partnership with The Bishop of Norwich, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and the Food & Farming Discovery Trust.
Click here for more details on how to apply.
Keith Morris, 03/03/2023