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Licensee Ian is a rural hero

Date Published: 26/03/2009

Already widely lauded for coming up with the concept of Open Farm Sunday, OF&G licensee Ian Pigott has now been awarded the Countryside Alliance’s Rural Hero award.

The winners were announced at a ceremony in London (Farmers Weekly pics of the event) and Ian scooped the coveted title.

More than 400 farms took part in Farm Sunday last year as the event has gone from strength-to-strength and opened the eyes of thousands of people to life on the farm.

Ian, who is also a Farmers Weekly columnist, beat off some high-profile competition in the form of TV chef, Clarissa Dickson Wright, journalist Janet Street-Porter and Federation of Yorkshire Shows chairman, Les Wake, to take the title.

In 2006 Ian was named NFU Farming Champion at the Farmers Weekly Awards.

Among many things he’s now also involved in an amusing but informative podcast with friends, called Pure Tilth.

Our congratulations go, once again, to Ian.