Going green puts Caplor in running for national farmers weekly award

Gareth Williams of Caplor Farm
Just a personal bit of pride - one of three to be shortlisted for a national green energy award.

Gareth Williams, owner and MD of Caplor, near Fownhope, is one of just three UK farmers to be shortlisted for the green energy farmer of the year award.

The award’s three judges visited the 150-acre mixed farm to see for themselves how the agricultural business has incorporated green energy technologies into its day-to-day running.
The award is judged on how each entrant’s energy strategy fits into the core of the business, the generation of renewable energy and how engaged the local community and wider public have been involved.
Competition was fierce, coming from all over the UK, but Caplor Farm managed to secure one of the top three spots.

The judging panel comprised Farm Energy Centre managing director Andrew Kneeshaw, Will Frazer of Farmer's Weekly and last year’s winner Neil Gourlay.

All three were impressed with Caplor’s willingness to trial a variety of methods to reduce energy use and the company’s benchmarking of energy use and carbon reduction.

Gareth Williams, owner of Caplor Farm, said: “I’ve no aspirations to be the biggest farmer in the world but if I can try things out for the benefit of others then I think that it creates a great  interest.