09:52 Wednesday 04 June 2014

G's Fresh farmer is shortlisted for prestigious M&S award

Written byJORDAN DAY

James Mellor James Mellor

A farmer from Cambridgeshire has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

James Mellor, from family-run agricultural business, G’s Fresh, based in Barway, is in the running to win a Marks and Spencer (M&S) Farming for the Future award.

James is organic crop manager and conventional celery crop manager at G’s Fresh – a role which sees him managing a team of up to 60 people during peak times.

He impressed the judges with his dedication, hard work and active support of ongoing research projects.

Steve Mclean, head of agriculture and fisheries at M&S, said: “This is our sixth Farming for the Future Awards and the judging process seems to get harder with each year.

“We are continually impressed with the commitment and passion our suppliers show towards Plan A and sustainable farming practices, and I’m delighted to once again be honouring some of the country’s most inspiring farming champions.

“James’ dedication to innovation, best practice and future-proof farming really shone through and I wish him the best of luck when we unveil the Farming for the Future winner.”

James will find out if he has been crowned winner on the first day of the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate on July 8.

M&S Farming for the Future is a programme of initiatives which champions sustainability and innovation.

The programme is designed to help farmers identify opportunities for improvement, increase their profitability and provide a sustainable supply chain that can continue to deliver quality and innovation for the long term.

The awards celebrate suppliers working towards important M&S’ Plan A commitments including becoming carbon neutral, sending no waste to landfill, extending sustainable sourcing, setting new standards in ethical trading, and helping customers and employees live a healthier lifestyle.

Visit www.marksandspencer.com/PlanA for more information about the programme.

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