The CLA is launching a search to reward the unsung heroes responsible for maintaining some of the North’s most iconic rural landscapes.
The CLA Long Service Awards are an established feature of the CLA Game Fair and are presented to gamekeepers who have clocked up at least 40 years service on not more than five estates, and provide public recognition of their service to the countryside.
CLA North regional director Dorothy Fairburn said: “Gamekeepers are part of the fabric of rural life, but the job they do and the contribution they make to the rich diversity of the British countryside is often overlooked and public recognition of their work is rare.
“Modern gamekeepers need to have environmental and ecological skills and a good understanding of modern technology as well as a deep-rooted understanding of the countryside and its wildlife.
“The CLA Game Fair presents a unique opportunity for everybody who cares about the countryside to say a public thank you to the people who care for the rural North.”
The presentations will take place on the first day of this year’s Game Fair at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire from July 18-20.
Potential candidates must be nominated by an employer. Further details can be obtained from Bex Welti, tel: 0207 201 9522 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org