Honour for landowner

Robert Downer, Viscount Ridley and Matthew Williamson of Land Factor.
Robert Downer, Viscount Ridley and Matthew Williamson of Land Factor.

A landowner has scooped a national award for demonstrating outstanding achievement in land management and development.

Viscount Ridley, who owns the Blagdon Estate in south east Northumberland, which is home to Northumberlandia, was chosen by the Royal Agricultural Society of England as the winner of its prestigious Bledisloe Medal for 2015.

The Medal has a particular focus on the creation of features of benefit to the local community, the environment or for the wider public good, and the development alternative sources of income.

Robert Downer, chief executive at The Blagdon Estate, said: “This is a real feather in the cap for both the Estate and the wider region, and is testament to the work we do to use what we have here to the benefit of the community.

“Our commercial activities allow for significant funding to be allocated towards improving local community and tourism facilities.”

Viscount Ridley will be presented with the medal in September.