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.”