Anders Wall Foundation from Stockholm in association with the European Commission, Directorate General for the Environment, Brussels, the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and the "Friends of the Countryside", has decided to introduce an award for individuals who have made a special contribution to the rural environment within the European Union.
Winners of 2015/2016
Winner of prize: The Honourable Evelyn Boscawen, Tregothnan Estate, United Kingdom
Tregothnan is the home estate of the Boscawen family and the seat of the Viscounts Falmouth since 1334. The Estate, situated on the western seaboard of Europe with the main emphasis on the countryside of Cornwall, Southwest UK, is comprised of 11,000 ha actively managed with key strategic aims including the preservation of the countryside for future generations. Features include 1200 ha woodland and some of the most diverse and endangered habitats in Europe.
The owners have a firm commitment to retain their international headquarters deep within the unspoilt countryside. Also they support deep community engagement and collaboration with over 200 farming families to achieve their objectives. A previously unviable, impoverished cliff-top farm is now in profit with tea propagation.
Early adoption and forcing of technology such as superfast broadband have made them the most connected rural estate in Europe. This is used to take the products to the market and not impassively awaiting the market to come to the countryside, as illustrated in this video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=83ZMwXuuCcA
The estate is home of the UK’s largest garden opening for charity, average donations to countryside charities of €21,000 per day of special opening since 2010.
The estate designed, developed and currently manages Europe’s largest estuarine oak woodland with current award to Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and elevation to Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) status.
The owners created the 2nd largest charcoal business in Europe as a means to maintain ancient coppicing of rare woodlands and reduce non EU imported charcoal requirement, (currently only 4% of UK’s charcoal requirement comes from UK).
The owners are also pioneers of the first tea plantations in the UK and protector of many rare flora species.
They have achieved a European and international media coverage of innovations and community achievements.
Winner of diploma: Fernando de Andrada-Vanderwilde Contreras with the project entitled “Providing biodiversity and contributing sustainable economic local development while helping the most endangered species in Spain: Iberian linx (Linx pardina) and iberian imperial eagle (Aquila adalberti), Puerto Bajo de la Cereceda Estate, Spain.
Fernando de Andrada-Vanderwilde y Contreras was born in June 29th of 1937. He handled direct responsibilities on all his family estates, covering 15.000 hectares, after his father´s death in February 1968, at the age of 31. Through generations, up to our days, Fernando´s Family have managed their lands taking care on behalf of their patrimonial herds of cattle, conditions of their pastures and woody areas and their agricultural farms dedicated to cereal and olive trees. This way of management has been improved by Mr Andrada-Vanderwilde having introduced the challenges of conservation.
On the basis of a strong commitment as landowner with unique wildlife on his territory, he is taking care of his legacy intending not only to improve what he received from his parents, but also contribute to sustainable economic development.
As a farmer, he is mostly dedicated to agriculture and at large to the olive tree culture, with very few factory and technology investment, but still representing 25% of the total olive oil world production.
As a wildlife manager, his work highlights the fact that private property plays an important role not only in sustainable development but in successful conservation for a more liveable, cleaner world for our own survival.
Mr Andrada-Vanderwilde, as the President of the Friends of the Iberian Imperial Eagle, Iberian Lynx and Private Natural Areas Foundation, has promoted the most important Land stewardship organisation in Spain, with more than 650,000 has associated.
Thanks to land stewardship agreements with private landowners and the development of LIFE projects, currently the world's best lynx population is located in the vicinity of Puerto Bajo de la Cereceda estate, owned by Mr Andrada-Vanderwilde. This estate has been part of the IBERLINCE LIFE PROJECT for the last 15 years. Some of the Iberian lynx that are now repopulating other areas in Spain were born on this property.
Description of the Award
Anders Wall Award grants a prize to private individuals who have made a special contribution to the rural environment within the European Union.
- Only private enterprises can enter the competition.
- Their actions must be of importance at multiple levels: local, national and/or European.
- The actions must be based on the use of quality instruments and management practices which contribute to the improvement of the quality of the environment.
Their achievements should preferably include the following elements:
- Preserving and enhancing the landscape.
- Providing biodiversity.
- Preserving the countryside's cultural heritage.
- Contributing to sustainable economic local development.
The landowner of the selected project will receive a prize of €15,000.
The 2015/2016 edition is closed for application.
Next call will be opened in September 2016 until 31st of December, 2016.
How to apply:
Download and fill in the application form and then send it back to the Award Coordinator.
We prefer applications both electronically and on paper.
The application must be sent to the following address (if possible both by post and e-mail):
Anders Wall Award
Friends of the Countryside
Rue de Trèves 67
Tel: + 32 (0)2 234 2000
Fax: + 32 (0) 2 234 3009
via e-mail to the Award Coordinator at [email protected]
2003 - Barritskov, Denmark. Thomas Harttung
2004 - Herdade do Pinheiro, Portugal. Jacqueline Violet
2005 - Les Salins du Midi, France. Gerard Dumonteil
2006 - Agriturismo Cassinazza, Italy. Giuseppe Natta
2007 - Clinton Devon Estate, United Kingdom. Lord Clinton
2008 - Jarras-Listel Estate, France. Paul-Francois Vranken
2009 - Wrams Gunnarstorp Estates, Sweden. Rudolf Tornerhjelm
2010 - Escrick Park Estate, England. Charles Forbes Adam
2011 - Jaunumuli Estate , Latvia. Kalnins Madars
2012 - Järvikyla Estate, Finland. Karl Grotenfelt
2013 - Danilovka Estate, Russia. Michail Orlov
2014 - Heihuyzen Estate, Belgium. Christophe Lenaerts
2015 - Castelo Melhor Estate, Portugal. João Portugal Ramos and José Maria Soares Franco