National success for Norfolk Bike Ride champion

 

Double congratulations to the Norfolk Bike Ride champion Charlie Inglis for winning a coveted national award.

His family’s north Norfolk farm has now won the country’s supreme conservation award, the Silver Lapwing Trophy.

It was presented to his father-in-law Robin Carver and his wife, Rose (pictured), by the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group for efforts over more than five decades at Hole Farm, Hempstead, near Holt.

It recognises farmers who go the extra mile to protect and enhance the countryside and also managing profitable food production.

Mr Inglis, who was presented with the Ian MacNicol Award by Norfolk FWAG group last month for outstanding conservation success in the county, organises the annual Norfolk Bike Ride.

When Mr Carver bought the farm in 1982, it was regarded as wildlife desert without hedges and trees and facing mounting problems of soil erosion. This has been completely reversed with new woodland planted and ponds dug.

Mr Inglis said that it was a great honour “to be presented with the Silver Lapwing Award, particularly against such stiff competition.”

The Bike Ride, organised by the Norfolk Churches Trust, takes place on Saturday, September 14. See our website for details of how to take part.