Wednesday - September 20, 2017

Education wins as exceptional farms from around the country are celebrated at the Bayer Farming & Countryside Education Awards

Greatworth Hall, near Banbury in Oxfordshire has been acclaimed as the overall winner of the prestigious Bayer Farming & Countryside Education Awards, which celebrate the very best in food and farming education.

Cambridge: 20th September 2017: Rosie Jeffries from Greatworth Hall was one of five winners at a lunch in London’s Banking Hall in front of over a hundred guests from the world of agriculture and education, having earlier scooped the Farm School Partnership Award.


Head Judge, Janet Hickinbottom, National Education Officer at Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) the charity helping to organise the awards said, “The competition this year was extremely fierce but the judges were really impressed with how Rosie and the team at Greatworth Hall have been able to make farming and the environment relevant to all parts of the school curriculum, and we were delighted to present them with the Farm School Partnership Award.” This award is presented to a farm or organisation which is making an outstanding contribution to improving young people’s understanding of the food and farming sector.


Michael Muncey, Head of Business for Bayer Crop Science in the UK, which helped organise the competition, said: “Greatworth Hall is a very worthy winner of this award. It is fantastic to see the sheer enthusiasm of people trying to reconnect young people with where their food comes from. Farmers, growers and other organisations up and down the country are doing some amazing work when it comes to making UK agriculture relevant to the next generation, and we believe it is worth celebrating their achievements.”

The winners of the individual awards were thus:

For a farm which demonstrates outstanding achievement in the area of encouraging access for pupils with special needs, disaffected students or disadvantaged young people.

Winner: Whirlow Hall Farm Trust
Location: Nr Sheffield

For a farm which encourages young people to develop a greater understanding of the importance of biodiversity - in general or for a specific species.

Winner: High Crane Lodge
Location: Hamsterley near Bishop Auckland

For a farm which is making an outstanding contribution to improving young people’s understanding of the food and farming sector.

Winner: Brockhill Farm
Location: Saltwood, near Hythe

For a farm building successful relationships with one or several schools, making a valuable and sustained contribution to school life, both on and away from the farm

Winner: Greatworth Hall
Location: Nr Banbury

For a farmer or team who have initiated inspiring new learning experiences which are seen as something really unusual or particularly innovative and effective in terms of the learning that children have on the farm or back in the classroom

Winner: Barleylands Farm
Location: Billericay, Essex

More about the competition and winners, including videos of the individual winners can be found at


About Bayer


Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the Bayer is a Life Science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture. With our innovative products, we are contributing to finding solutions to some of the major challenges of our time. The growing and increasingly aging world population requires improved medical care and an adequate supply of food. Bayer is improving people’s quality of life by preventing, alleviating and treating diseases. And we are helping to provide a reliable supply of high-quality food, feed and plant-based raw materials. We develop new molecules for use in innovative products and solutions to improve health. Our research and development activities are based on a profound understanding of the biochemical processes in living organisms. Our goal is to achieve and sustain leadership positions in our markets, thus creating value for our customers, stockholders and employees. To this end, our strategy is designed to help solve some of the most pressing challenges facing humankind, and by doing this exceptionally well we aim to strengthen the company’s earning power. We are committed to operating sustainably and addressing our social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen, while at the same time respecting the interests of all our stakeholders. Employees with a passion for innovation enjoy excellent development opportunities at Bayer. All this goes to make up our mission: “Bayer: Science for a Better Life.” For more information, go to .

About Farming & Countryside Education


FACE works with its members and partners to promote visits to farms, and to provide easy access to a wide range of high-quality educational resources and activities to complement both school-based studies and outdoor visits.  FACE believes that all children should have access to the countryside, regardless of where they live, cultural group or economic background. They need to be prepared as leaders and consumers of a future in which over 9 billion people will need to be fed.


FACE provides a one-stop enquiry service, extensive curriculum resources, support from our team of Regional Education Co-ordinators, links with farmers and the rural industries, workshops and seminars for teachers and farmers.


For more information on our work, please visit: