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Host of region’s farming firms make finals of industry awards

The team at OW Wortley and Sons, of Holmebrink Farm in Methwold, which is among the East Anglian firms to have been shortlisted for the finals of the British Farming Awards 2018. Picture: Samantha Wortley

The team at OW Wortley and Sons, of Holmebrink Farm in Methwold, which is among the East Anglian firms to have been shortlisted for the finals of the British Farming Awards 2018. Picture: Samantha Wortley

Samantha Wortley

A host of East Anglian agricultural businesses have made it to the finals of an industry awards.

Jonny Crickmore from Fen Farm Dairy, Bungay. 
Picture: Nick ButcherJonny Crickmore from Fen Farm Dairy, Bungay. Picture: Nick Butcher

The British Farming Awards celebrate innovation in the industry from digital initiatives to farm diversification.

Norfolk designers (L) Izzi Rainey and Lara Mullis. Picture: Ian BurtNorfolk designers (L) Izzi Rainey and Lara Mullis. Picture: Ian Burt

Among those shortlisted for the 2018 awards are OW Wortley and Sons of Holmebrink Farm in Methwold, which has made the final five in the Family Farm category. The 4,000 acre farm, run by seven members of the family across two generations, is one of the UK’s biggest growers of salad potatoes and supplies around 18,000 tonnes a year to UK supermarkets.

Steve Suggitt and Sarah Suggitt, from Attleborough firm Suggitt Farm Services, which makes fertiliser PlantGrow. Picture: SubmittedSteve Suggitt and Sarah Suggitt, from Attleborough firm Suggitt Farm Services, which makes fertiliser PlantGrow. Picture: Submitted

Jonny and Dulcie Crickmore from Fen Farm Dairy in Bungay are finalists in the Dairy Innovator category, while Steve Suggit from Attleborough, creator of PlantGrow fertiliser, and Foulsham-based Izzi Rainey, designer and manufacturer of farm-inspired homewares, are shortlisted for the Diversification Innovator (small to medium) award.

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