Peter is feeling berry-good

Peter Stirling pictured in a strawberry field, with the new M&S strawberry and cream pack.
Peter Stirling pictured in a strawberry field, with the new M&S strawberry and cream pack.

An Arbroath farmer has made it on to the shortlist of this year’s prestigious M&S ‘Farming for the Future’ awards.

Peter Stirling specialises in supplying M&S with strawberries.

He impressed the judges as his farm continuously assesses its processes and growing methods to improve efficiency whilst minimising their environmental impact.

The judges were also impressed by the farm’s use of new technology which is supported by their ongoing partnership with the James Hutton Research Institute, one of Europe’s leading food science research centres.

Peter will find out if he has been crowned winner on the first day of the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh on June 19.

M&S ‘Farming for the Future’ is a programme of initiatives which champions sustainability and innovation. The programme is designed to help farmers identify opportunities for improvement, increase their profitability and provide a sustainable supply chain that can continue to deliver quality and innovation for the long term.

The awards celebrate suppliers working towards important M&S Plan A commitments including becoming carbon neutral, sending no waste to landfill, extending sustainable sourcing, setting new standards in ethical trading, and helping customers and employees live a healthier lifestyle.

Peter said: “It’s exciting to be nominated for the award and is testament to all the hard work we do as a team here, the staff are delighted as well.

“We have been supplying M&S for almost 15 years now with fresh produce and to be up for this accolade is a real boost and fantastic to see that good quality products are being recognized.”

Steve McLean, M&S Head of Agriculture and Fisheries, added: “This is our sixth Farming for the Future Awards and the judging process seems to get harder with each year.

“We are continually impressed with the commitment and passion our suppliers show towards Plan A and sustainable farming practices, and I’m delighted to once again be honouring some of the country’s most inspiring farming champions.

“Peter Stirling’s dedication to innovation, best practice and future-proof farming really shone through and I wish him the best of luck when we unveil the Farming for the Future winner at the Royal Highland Show.”