P1080399The results are in and Easton and Otley agricultural college in Norwich has the most water friendly students.

The team of Cameron Young, Lewis Hart, Chris Stoles and Peter Hyett have been crowned winners of the Great Farm Challenge 2016 held at Newmarket Racecourse this week. The event featured a panel of judges from Anglian Water, Natural England and the Environment Agency who ran the rule over six teams presenting their ideas for ensuring a farm business protects the local water environment.

The teams each had to present their proposals and were then quizzed by the judges. Here’s what the judges had to say after the event.

Judging panel member Richard Reynolds, Anglian Water’s senior agronomist, said: “These youngsters are just starting out on their careers in the industry so it was fantastic to hear how aware they are of the latest techniques for protecting the water environment.

“It is vital that the farming sector really gets to grips with issues like nutrient management, precision farming and watercourse protection if we are to continue delivering world class produce whilst protecting drinking water sources and wildlife.

“I was really impressed with what I saw today and I look forward to working with these farmers in the future as we aim to make our region a leader in sustainable agriculture.”

P1080369Judging panel member Sarah Dawkins, Natural England’s Area Manager for Norfolk and Suffolk , said ‘It takes a lot to stand up and present in front of your peers, and we were really impressed with the standard of the student’s presentations, and their knowledge when asked more detailed questions. I really hope that the students take what they have learnt in to their future careers and contribute to a more sustainable natural environment for all’’.