Countryside Award award winner Gareth Barlow with presenter Robert Flanagan
Countryside Award award winner Gareth Barlow with presenter Robert Flanagan

Robert Flanagan Dalesman Award 2015

Gareth Barlow

Winner Gareth Barlow’s award was presented by Robert Flanagan, Managing Director of The Dalesman Magazine.

Gareth, at 17, moved to rural Yorkshire and after writing twice to HRH the Prince of Wales to ask for work experience, Gareth secured time working on the Duchy Estate Home Farm. Shortly afterwards in 2007, he sold his Xbox to buy his first 6 Hebridean sheep. In the 3 years that followed, Gareth’s 6 sheep became 500, allowing him to secure repeat orders from some of the country’s top chefs and restaurants.

In an effort to understand the supply chain further, Gareth trained and worked as a butcher for three years as well as spending time working in an abattoir. From field to fork, he had everything covered.

Working as a farmer and butcher, Gareth decided to sell his 500 Hebridean sheep and look for other ideas of interest. He was particularly interested in where food comes from and how it is produced. Gareth is currently working on a project to combine urban farming with consumer and school education, utilising his first-hand knowledge of food and farming.

Gareth has appeared on BBC 1’s Countryfile, Radio 4’s Farming Today and On Your Farm and now also produces and presents his own show about farming in North Yorkshire on BBC Radio York.

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