Stuart Housden handing over the UK RSPB Nature of Farming Award.

2 lovely quotes re Treshnish Farm winning the UK RSPB Nature of Farming Awards 2011:

Wildlife cameraman and TV presenter Gordon Buchanan, who grew up on Mull, said:

“I’m so pleased for Carolyne and Somerset Charrington. Treshnish Farm is a worthy winner of this prestigious UK-wide award. It’s a reflection too of the hard work of many other environmentally-friendly farmers on Mull and Iona who also go the extra mile for wildlife. This farm and many others are vital to the survival of our wildflowers, butterflies, moths and the famous Mull birds including corncrakes, white-tailed eagles and those all-important farmland finches and waders. What a place!”

Kate Humble, presenter of the BBC’s ‘One Man and his Dog’ & ‘Lambing Live’ and RSPB President said:

“All too often we hear about disagreements between conservation bodies and farmers when in reality both need each other more than ever and frequently work closely side by side for the benefit of the UK’s amazing wildlife. The remarkable winners, Treshnish Farm on the beautiful Isle of Mull, prove that you can have a successful agricultural business and care deeply for the land, its biodiversity and the future. I salute them!”