Farmer features in ‘Happy List’

Leadenham farmer Andrew Ward in one of his wheat fields. EMN-150806-154406001
Leadenham farmer Andrew Ward in one of his wheat fields. EMN-150806-154406001

A farmer from Leadenham has featured on the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List 2015 - a list of 100 people who make life better for others.

Andrew Ward, of Glebe Farm, Leadenham was named the Farmers’ Weekly magazine Farming Champion of 2013 and received an MBE in 2014 after he set up Forage Aid to help hill farmers hit by massive snowstorms in 2013 and last year’s Somerset floods. Now his nomination has been successfully accepted into this year’s top 100.

Andrew had initially donated around 50 bales of spare fodder and hay to the struggling farmers up in Cumbria, but soon realised much more was needed and called upon other farmers and agricultural companies to join in, and organised temporary homes for livestock, helping farms survive the extreme weather.

He revived the scheme last year after farmers in the Somerset levels found themselves in difficulty trying to feed their livestock marooned by floods.

This is the 8th annual Independent on Sunday Happy List, which it describes as “a collection of 100 inspirational heroes and heroines whose kindness, ingenuity and bravery make Britain a better place to live.”

It was founded in 2008 as an antidote to the lists of celebrities and wealthy, instead focussing on individuals who give rather than take.

The Happy List is backed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron. Hundreds of nominations were sent in and the list is completely unranked as all are equally applauded.