Purdey Awards 2018 Winners Announced

23 Nov 2018

Purdey Awards 2018 Winners Announced

The sixteen-strong judging panel that was chaired by the Duke of Wellington, presented their decision at the awards ceremony recently held in the Purdey Long Room. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Awards, which have been held annually since 1999 and have aimed to promote a wider appreciation of the outstanding game and habitat conservation work carried out by shoots and to give well-deserved recognition. The recipients were presented with their awards by David Gower OBE, broadcaster and former international cricketer. The Gold Award This year, the Gold Award was won by the Howesyke Shoot, Yorkshire for their work in woodland and heather restoration, as well as the successful black grouse reestablishment scheme. Since starting their project in 2009, Mr and Mrs Rob and Helen Brown have taken what was hitherto an intensively managed hill farm and lovingly created a truly wonderful shoot offering a stunning variety of partridge, pheasant and grouse. The award is a due recognition of the success of what has been a lifetime’s project for Mr. and Mrs. Brown, with every aspect of the shoot carefully planned, including growing the demand and distribution for shot game. The Brown family were presented with the annual Purdey Awards Trophy, the Gold Award and a cheque for £5,000. The Silver Award The Silver Award was received by Burnham Thorpe Shoot, Norfolk for their success in creating and blending a grey partridge project with a traditional syndicate shoot. Mr. Zoll and his team have achieved great success in creating and managing a syndicate shoot that has generated and now sustains a viable and ongoing grey partridge population. The work undertaken includes the planting and management of all winter bird food strips on behalf of all tenant farmers. Alongside this, the shoot has planted an additional 22 acres of brood-rearing and overwintering cover, which divided into two and re-drilled every two years, ensures that there is always a significant amount of over at any one time. This, along with the careful positioning of cover crops and grass margins, has maximised the nesting and brood-rearing habitat for partridges and wild pheasants. The Bronze Award The Bronze Award was awarded to Whitburgh Farms, Midlothian for making notable changes to their shoot to create an extensive wildlife habitat and thereby demonstrating the feasibility of such projects being replicable by other farmers on a smaller scale. Running since 2010, the results and success of this project are a reflection of Mr. Salvesen’s commitment, dedication, vision and investment. Mr. Salvesen’s overall objective is to demonstrate the feasibility of the project being replicable by other farmers on a smaller scale, an ambitious and entirely admirable goal. Purdey Special Award The judges chose to create a special award recognising Richard Gould for his great vision and his ongoing and outstanding success in creating a most impressive lowland game shoot at Ixworth Thorpe, Suffolk. Described by the judges as a “one man dynamo” the panel were unanimous in their decision that Richard should be recognised as an imaginative, innovative and exceptional keeper and receive this Purdey Special Award and a cheque for £1,000. Special Commendation A special commendation was made to David J. Owen of the Camddwr Shooting Society in recognition of his passionate determination and never-ending enthusiasm that has ensured his success in establishing and building a remarkable shoot, which plays a crucial role in the community. David Pooler of the Rhug Estate was also awarded a special commendation in recognition of his dedication to the sport of shooting and his passionate commitment to his role as the Head Keeper working alongside an organic farming enterprise. Looking Forward Applications for next year will open again in February 2019. Entries may be submitted by individuals, syndicates, estates, farm shoots, and wildfowling clubs. If you have any questions about the Awards, please contact purdey.awards@purdey.com or call us on 020 7499 1801.