LRSN personnel recognised by the Royal Agricultural Societies of England
We are very proud to announce that on the 10th February our Lincolnshire Agricultural Chaplain and LRSN Trustee Rev Canon Alan Robson was awarded the Fellowship of Royal Agricultural and Societies of England (FRAgS) and LRSN volunteer, Sean Sparling, the Associateship of the Royal Agricultural Societies of England (ARAgS), by Her Royal Highness Countess of Wessex at a ceremony hosted at the House of Lords by Baroness Hazel Byford, FRAgS .
Alan said “ HRH was utterly charming and spent considerable time chatting to everyone who were gathered on the Terrace at the House of Lords . She understood the issues surrounding farming and food in great detail”.
Associateship (ARAgS) is awarded to those deemed to have made truly outstanding contributions to UK agricultural progress (beyond simply doing their jobs well) and are invited by the National Panel to make a submission of their work and community activities in support of their application.
The Fellowship (FRAgS) is awarded by ‘peers’ within the agricultural industry these include researchers, political figures from various national and international bodies, educationalist and folk who have developed outstanding food businesses as farming entrepreneurs across UK.
Alan was awarded for his work across Lincolnshire setting up Lincolnshire Rural Support Network (LRSN). He was also instrumental in the development of EPIC (Environment, People, Innovation, Choices) the £7m eco –building on the Agricultural Showground together with his engagement with other groups, locally and nationally, regarding food security and sustainable food supply chains.
Alan remarked; “It was a huge privilege to receive this award and so enjoyable as Faye, my daughter, was able to join me and the other chaps from Lincolnshire, also recognised by the Royal Agricultural Societies for their outstanding contribution to agriculture, Matthew Taylor (bulb grower near Spalding and regular commentator in farming press) and a very valuable member of the LRSN volunteer team, Sean Sparling, an Agronomist and Magician!! and an outstanding after dinner speaker and radio presenter on farming issues”.
Congratulations to Alan, Sean and Matthew from everyone here at LRSN!