Jonathan Birchall named as BBC Farmer of the Year.

Hertfordshire farm manager Jonathan Birchall has been named BBC Farmer of the Year, for his work on Pilkington Farm, of the Kings Walden Estate, near Hitchin.

Over the last four years, he has overseen a change in farming systems from a mainly intensive arable system to a large scale extensive grazing system across the 800-hectare (2,000-acre) estate.

Other award winners were Devon-based Darts Farm Shop, which won best local food retailer and Stroud Farmers’ Markers, winners of the best food market.

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