It was the meeting of two ‘Davids’ when controversial
environmentalist and renowned botanist David Bellamy presented
Lincolnshire farmer David Hoyles with the 2007 Barrie Orme Shield.
Left to right at the BASIS Barrie Orme Shield presentation: Professor David Bellamy, winner David Hoyles, Sally Hoyles and BASIS chairman Professor John MacLeod.
The prestigious Shield is presented annually to the best
candidate in the BASIS certificate in crop protection exams.
The award took place at a ceremony in London on 20 November. “The
BASIS course was very challenging,” said David Hoyles. “Whilst
my degree course at Newcastle had provided a broad understanding
of the principles of crop protection and integrated crop
management I had a steep learning curve on the practicalities.
The BASIS certificate course and content were fantastic
and brought me into contact with like minded people.”
Making the presentation David Bellamy commented, “When
I was a boy in London in the second world war I grew to
like food because we didn’t have much of it. I learnt
then that farmers were some of the most important people
in Britain because they kept us fed.” He went on
to explain how that closeness between farmers and consumers
had been lost but that there are now signs of it coming
back. “Seeing supermarkets supporting local produce
from local farmers is one hell of a step in the right direction,” he
David Hoyles (32) came back to manage the 500ha family
farm G H Hoyles Ltd in Long Sutton for his father and uncle
three years ago. After graduating from Newcastle University
where he studied agriculture and crop protection he first
joined Management Development Services in 1997. Following
placements with such companies as Fyffes, Vitacress Salads
and Winchester Growers David joined G’s Marketing
in 1999. He went on to become the Sales Manager dealing
with a multimillion pound fresh produce business with customers
which included Tesco, Marks and Spencer and Waitrose.
David is married to Sally and they have a 17month old
daughter, Martha. The farm currently grows potatoes, sugar
beet, beetroot, daffodils, mustard and cereals. David plans
to develop the family business to further improve profitability
at the same time as being a responsible producer.
also involved in the local community and this year opened
an educational Maize Maze to the public involving local
school children in its design and in producing information
boards and quizzes.
The BASIS training was organised by Lynne Richardson of
Holbeach Marsh Training Group and David was tutored by
Simon Goodger of Lincoln University with James Christian-Ilett
providing refresher training.
The runners-up were all farmers too. Matthew Copley, a
farm manager for Lord St Oswald in Oswaldkirk, North Yorkshire,
Lewis Stalley who completed the exam whilst working for
Mr O A Reynolds, Lower Ellenden Farm, Hawkhurst in Kent
and Robert Wild a Farm Manager for Velcourt based at Mawthorpe
Farms, Alford, Lincolnshire. The Awards are generously
supported by Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC),
C & J Supplies and Nufarm UK Ltd.
David was selected as the best candidate from the 240
who sat the BASIS qualification this year. The selection
process is rigorous as BASIS managing director Rob Simpson
explains, “The BASIS exam panels are asked to put
forward those candidates whom they feel meet the high standards
required for this award. Trainers’ views are also
sought and short-listed candidates are then interviewed
on the phone. Clearly a candidate’s performance in
the exam is also important although it is not essential
to achieve the best score to be judged the best overall
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is Best BASIS Candidate 2006