Passion for the Countryside photo competition supports rural charities

Agrii has launched a photography competition to the farming community and the public. The competition is open to all and will support three rural charities through donations from Agrii.

Entrants can submit as many photographs as they like, which they feel best reflect the theme of the competition: ‘A Passion for the Countryside’. For each person that enters, Agrii will make a donation to a central pot, which will be divided between three rural charities; the Addington Fund, The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Royal Highland Education Trust. Each charity is supported by an Agrii customer, who is directly involved with the organisation.

“We are fortunate to work with many of the UK’s leading farmers who strive to produce quality food for an ever growing population. For many of our customers, their passion for the agricultural industry and the countryside in which they work runs far deeper than just a job. They invest time, energy and money to enhance the environment, support their local schools and communities and look after those members of the farming industry who need assistance.” says Mark Thomas, Head of Marketing at Agrii.

“As a business that works in the countryside and serves the farming industry, we wanted to champion the work our customers’ do that goes beyond the ‘day job’. We felt a photography competition was a good way to raise awareness of these great causes and the value of our great British farming industry.”

The competition has three categories; adult, under 16s and Agrii staff. The adult and under 16s categories will be judged by a panel of independent industry and charity representatives, who will select six finalists. The images from the six finalists will be displayed on the Agrii stand at Cereals 2014, where visitors can vote for the overall winner. The staff category will be judged separately.

The overall winner of the competition will win a prize of £500 in electronics vouchers. The remaining five finalists will each receive £100 in electronics vouchers. All six finalists plus the winner of the staff category will have their image included in the Agrii 2015 calendar.

Entries to the competition are via the Agrii website www.agrii.co.uk where entrants can also find full terms and conditions. Entries close on Monday 12th May at 5pm.

Andrew Brealy, who farms 1,100 acres in Kent, is passionate about giving something back to the farming community by helping farmers and farm workers in great need, hardship or distress, through his involvement with The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI). He says: “The worst can happen to anyone; but help is at hand from RABI.”

“We turn our farm into an outdoor classroom to teach local children about food, farming and the countryside” say Ian and Carole Brunton, from Fife, Scotland, who support The Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET). The charity provides opportunities for school children in Scotland to visit the outdoors and learn about food, farming and the countryside.

As a trustee of the Addington Fund, Al Brookes, farm manager at Waddesdon Estates in Buckinghamshire, is dedicated to increasing awareness of the plight of those in the farming community who need help, but who often don’t ask until it is too late. “The Addington Fund helps the older generation retire from farming without hardship and provides financial support for working farmers who need assistance in unexpected circumstances,” says Al.

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