High Weald

kent orchardThe search is on to find Kent's farmers and producers who make a real contribution to the conservation and enhancement of Kent's landscape with the launch of the 2014 Kent Food, Farming & Landscape Award, part of Produced In Kent's inspired Taste of Kent Awards.

The award is sponsored by the Joint Advisory Committees for the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Kent Downs AONB and is backed by the Kent National Farmers Union, the Kent Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and Kent County Agricultural Society.

Stephanie Durling of Produced in Kent comments: "There are many farmers and producers in the county who not only produce excellent quality produce or goods but also make an outstanding contribution to preserving and enhancing the natural landscape and this award is to recognise this work. We want to hear not just from farmers and producers themselves but we welcome nominations for winners of the award from the public."

Nick Johannsen, Director of Kent Downs AONB Joint Advisory Committee comments: "Once again we have teamed up with the High Weald AONB Committee to sponsor these awards and we are delighted to be involved. Farming and conservation increasingly work hand in hand and we hope not only farmers and producers enter to have their hard work recognised, but that the winners will provide encouragement to others in the county to follow their lead."

This award is free to enter and is open to all farmers and food producers in Kent regardless of the size of the business, from small to large. Entry forms and details can be downloaded from www.tasteofkentawards.co.uk and www.kentdowns.org.uk Closing date for entries is midday, Monday 6th January 2014; judging will take place in week commencing 3rd February 2014 and the winners will be announced at the Taste of Kent Awards.