Lucy Watts, Manager at Lincolnshire-based Vine House Farm, presented £6,457.58 to Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Chief Executive Paul Learoyd and Vice-President Don Wright, in recognition of the vital work it carries out for wildlife in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire.
Paul said: "We are very grateful to Vine House Farm for its ongoing support. It is an outstanding family business which demonstrates that profitable farming can go hand-in-hand with environmentally responsible practices. Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust aims to reverse the decline of wildlife and enhance the variety of species in the county and so this support will help us ensure local species remain in fine feather!"
Nicholas Watts MBE is a third generation farmer who grows arable crops, bird seed and organic vegetables on his 850 hectares at Vine House Farm in Lincolnshire. Over the last 10 years, he has seen barn owl numbers quadruple, whitethroat numbers double, lapwing numbers increase from two to nine pairs and breeding tree sparrow pairs increase ten-fold.
The Wildlife Trusts, which recognise farmers hold a key to the well-being of our countryside and, in turn, the health of our wildlife, launched a partnership with conservation award-winning Vine House Farm in August 2007. Vine House Farm donates 5% of all its bird food sales to local Wildlife Trusts. It has since donated more than £400,000 to The Wildlife Trusts.