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Chew Valley farmer is BBC Farmer of the Year finalist

Compton Martin’s Luke Hasell is a finalist in this year’s BBC Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards.

Mr Hasell is one of three finalists up for the title of Outstanding Farmer of the Year, following public nominations.

“I was shocked that they choose a small organic farmer from the Chew Valley,” Mr Hasell told the Chew Valley Gazette. “But it is great that we are being recognised for all that we are trying to do.”

Mr Hasell family have been farming at Heron’s Green, Compton Martin for generations. They went organic after Luke took over the farm from his father, they now rear 220 cattle on the land.

During his stewardship Luke has revitalised farming in the area. He is a founding partner of the Community Farm, Denny Lane, which encourages people to get more involved with farming and food production.

Speaking about his parents, who have passed away, and the family’s history on the farm, Luke said:
“I’m not sure Dad would tot... read on

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Michelin starred chef, Josh Eggleton, will represent the south west in this year’s series of BBC Two’s Great British Menu. read on...
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Local teenager qualifies for national dressage event

Woollard teenager Alicia Showering has qualified for a national dressage championship.

Alicia, 16, and her 14.2hh riding pony x Thoroughbred Freddie won the first regional qualifier of the ... read on

Bishop Sutton FC have been struggling in the Premier Division this season, with a series of losses before the rain break. Since the pitches have begun... read on
After dropping points in their last two matches Wrington Redhill returned to The Rec against a determined and workmanlike Keynsham team well led by pl... read on
Chew Valley School pupil Louis Crimmons, who will turn 15 just before race day, is entering this year's Chew Valley 10k (main sponsor Debbie Fortune) ... read on


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