Rectory Farm

Buckinghamshire Farm wins Gold

Livestock farmer Mr Eaton received the award in recognition of his work in virtually single-handedly restoring and transforming Rectory Farm into a haven for many different farmland bird, game and wildlife species. Judges were particularly impressed by the volume and variation of wildlife on the Farm, including wild pheasant and grey partridge, which allows Mr Eaton, who is also Head Keeper, and friends to enjoy three to four days of driven shooting each year. This project amply demonstrates how Mr Eaton’s dedication has achieved such significant improvements in Rectory Farm’s biodiversity.

Mr Eaton purchased Rectory Farm from Buckinghamshire Council in 1992, and works closely with the RSPB, Wild Trout Trust, The Wildlife Trust and Natural England. He has also actively explored all avenues for stewardship schemes to assist funding and judges stated that he had “certainly put those funds to good use.”

George Eaton was also recognised for his commitment to educating young people from local schools concerning the role of shooting in the countryside. With a true passion for passing on his knowledge and broadening the understanding of young people, Mr Eaton has built a dedicated classroom on site and hosts between 80 – 100 visits per year, completely free of charge, but partly grant funded.

 

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