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George Manning and his wife Muriel.

Fornham St Martin: Long service award winner George Manning vies for Farmworker of the Year title

An “amazing” farmworker who was honoured at this year’s Suffolk Show for 60 years of service to the industry is one of three finalists in a national awards.

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Stuart Holden with his huge pumpkins. Stuart will be entering the largest into a competition. Pictured is Stuarts stepdaughter Amelia Croxon.

Barton Mills: ‘Bet you can’t beat this’ - supersized pumpkins weigh in at 250kg

These 600 pound pumpkins have taken over the life of one amateur gardener, ever since he made a £25 bet with his friend.

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St Osyth farmer Guy Smith who been appointed to the Advisory Board of the UKs Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit

St Osyth: NFU vice president Guy Smith joins Advisory Board of the UK’s Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit

A prominent Essex farmer is set to play a role on a national body looking at climate change.

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Easton and Otley College principal, David Lawrence, picking up his OBE in 2012.

Easton and Otley College: Principal David Lawrence and Vice Principal Clive Bound set to retire

The principal and vice principal of Easton and Otley College are set to retire.

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Solar panels

Kentford: 4,000 square metre solar panel array will boost farm’s green credentials

A 4,000 square metre solar panel array is hoped to be installed on a farm in Kentford.

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Sarah Chambers


Farming is a major industry in East Anglia, with agricultural issues impacting on the lives of residents right across the region.

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Suffolk County Councillor James Finch, helped by others, has been looking at how to implement a new policy for the council's County Farms Estate. 
Cllr James Finch at White Horse Farm in Capel St Mary.

Farming feature: Suffolk farms reform to fit county-owned farmland to wider council aims

Suffolk County Council this year announced a shake-up of its county farms. Now it is launching a support package for potential applicants seeking tenancies on the County Farms Estate. SARAH CHAMBERS spoke to councillor James Finch, who has been leading the initiative.

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Birketts 10th Anniversary. (L to r) Melissa Loucas
Adrian Possener, Jeanette Wheeler, Robert Gibbs, John Scannell, Paul Matthews, Max Roessler, Neil Sparrow, Jack Royall and Matthew Newnham
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

East Anglian law firm Birketts looks back on decade in city

East Anglian law firm Birketts is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Norwich office. Business editor Ben Woods caught up with chief executive Jonathan Agar to find out more about the firm’s rich history.

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Actors pictured filming at the reserve (Picture: Elaine Crew)

Rainham Marshes becomes crime scene - for TV drama

Bird sanctuary Rainham Marshes becomes home to a very different flight of fancy this week as the reserve turns into a crime scene for a new drama.

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Belinda Clarke

Agri-Tech Week to highlight innovation

Within the foreseeable future, if agricultural productivity does not increase, we might have insufficient land to feed our growing population. This was the chilling finding of a report The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land issued earlier this year.

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Alexander O'Neal will perform at this year's Havering Show

Havering Show line-up revealed

Fans of soul, disco and ska music will be digging out their dancing shoes after seeing the line-up for this year’s Havering Show.

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