The Farming for Nature network appoints 15 new ambassadors

The Farming for Nature (FFN) project has announced the appointment of 15 new ambassadors to its growing network, who will help actively promote sustainability and biodiversity over the coming year.

New Ambassadors include families, couples and individuals from all sectors including forestry, cattle, sheep, dairy, horticulture, tillage and High Nature Value (HNV) areas .

Many farmer-owned farms have been identified as species-rich grassland, upland, wetland, woodland and bocage, and all Ambassadors work to protect and promote biodiversity in these settings.

The appointment of the ambassadors follows a lengthy nomination and evaluation process involving a panel of environmental experts and judges, who conducted interviews and farm visits. The new ambassadors are:

  • Chilton Alpaca Farm, Co. Roscommon;
  • Aonghus O Coistealbha Market gardening, County Galway;
  • Brigitte O’Connor sheep, County Kerry;
  • Bronagh and Cathal O’Rourke Beef, County Clare;
  • Colm Flynn Tillage, County Kildare;
  • David Denison Vineyard and orchard, County Waterford;
  • Gerry Fitzsimons Beef, County Cavan;
  • james ham Forestry and Beef, Co. Westmeath;
  • Marc Gillanders Tillage and Beef, Co. Monaghan;
  • Marc Harold Barry Tillage, Forestry and Beef, Co. Tipperary;
  • Maurice Deasy Tillage and Sheep, Co. Tipperary;
  • McDonagh family Horticulture and mixed stock, Co. Mayo Catalogs;
  • Pat Mulrooney Dairy Products, County Tipperary;
  • Paul McCormick and Jacinta French Beef and Nature, Co. Cork;
  • Sean Condon Dairy Products, County Limerick.

Speaking about the nominations, Dr. Brendan Dunford, FFN Founder and Volunteer, said:

“At a time of so much contentious debate about food security, biodiversity loss and climate change, this year’s Ambassadors offer us the hope, inspiration and practical guidance we desperately need to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities presented to us.

“These farmers deserve our respect, gratitude and support; they epitomize all that is great about rural Ireland and we are so proud of them,” he concluded.

An FFN awards ceremony will take place during the months of September and October where the public will be invited to watch a series of farming videos on the network’s website and vote for their favorite farming story.

This year’s Public Vote Ambassadors are Brigid O’Connor, James Ham, Mark Gillanders, Mark Harold-Barry and Sean Condon. Their videos will be promoted as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the work of network farmers across the country.

The remaining ten Ambassadors will then be featured on a monthly basis from November 2022 to August 2023 via podcasts, chats and FFN’s social media channels, where the work they do will also be showcased.

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