Oakworth farmer Jonathan is praised at ceremony

Green Farmer of the Year finalist Jonathan Sharp with some of his calves at Tewitt Hall Farm, Oakworth

Green Farmer of the Year finalist Jonathan Sharp with some of his calves at Tewitt Hall Farm, Oakworth

First published in Keighley

An Oakworth farmer narrowly missed out on a top accolade in a coveted awards scheme.

Jonathan Sharp was among three entrants shortlisted in the green farmer of the year category.

But he was pipped to the prize by a Northallerton farmer, Peter Richardson.

The awards – the first of their kind launched by the Keighley News’ sister publication, Northern Farmer – were in recognition of best farming practices.

A high-powered panel of judges sifted through more than 60 nominations and drew up shortlists in each of ten categories.

Mr Sharp, of Tewitt Hall Farm, was selected for initiatives including tree-planting, the creation of ponds and the installation of a wind turbine.

Mike Bridgen, for Northern Farmer, said: “The awards scheme was a great success, and more than 400 people attended the presentation ceremony.

“Although Mr Sharp didn’t win the award, the standard of entries was extremely high and being shortlisted was in itself a great honour.”

Presentations were held at Harrogate Pavilions last Thursday.

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