By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 27 September 2013 Updated: 27/09 07:15
SCHEMES to encourage wildlife in Studley have won a village farm a prestigious award.
P.M Walters and Sons, based at Castle Farm, was awarded the 2013 Heart of England in Bloom Environmental Award for its conservation work and projects to encourage various breeds to its site.
Richard Walters, who runs the farm with brothers John and Andrew, told the Standard: “We are very pleased and it is a reward for our hard work. It’s all about encouraging wildlife.
“The judges have been coming here for two or three years so they have been able to watch the progress and they were quite impressed with what we’ve achieved.
“We do it because we enjoy it, it’s not a profit making thing but it’s about putting something back into the countryside.”
Studley also received a gold award at the Heart of England awards ceremony for the third year running, as well as winning the small town category.
A spokeswoman said: “The judges were impressed with the impressive display of hanging baskets and planters which were well maintained and a good colour choice.
“They said the town was clean, litter and graffiti free with extra care being given by Bloomers in painting the street furniture. The hard work by David Morris and the Abbeyfields Community Group at Red Hill Close received a special commendation from the judges.”
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