Club member Peter Kendall knighted

Former NFU President amongst host of farming-related awards in New Year's Honours

LONG time Farmers Club member and former NFU president Peter Kendall has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, in recognition of his outstanding services to agriculture in England and Wales.

Sir Peter, who farms in Hertfordshire in partnership with his brother, is now chairman of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board. Commenting on his knighthood he said: “I am incredibly proud to receive this honour and to have had the privilege of helping represent and promote British farming, farmers and food production in my time as President of the NFU.” 

Other notable farming and rural related awards (as reported by Farmers Weekly) include: 


  • Miss Margaret Anita Clark, OBE, chairman, Hastoe Housing and Plunkett Foundation, for services to rural communities (Dorchester, Dorset).
  • Sonia Clare Phippard, director of water and flood risk management, Defra, for services to the environment and flood risk management.


  • Henry Richard Geers Cotterell, lately president, Country Landowners’ Association, for services to the rural community and to charity.
  • Dr John Damien Fay, director, College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, Northern Ireland executive, for services to agri-food education.
  • Dr David Alasdair Hamley, lately director of horticulture and learning, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, for services to horticulture and education.
  • David Reynolds, farmer and Camgrain director, for services to agriculture and the community in the East Midlands.


  • Michael Bowden, Camborne Agricultural Show president and  Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show trade stand manager, for services to agriculture, tourism and the community in Cornwall.
  • John Stewart Broomhall, committee member, Nantwich Agricultural Show, for services to agriculture, the rural economy and the community in Nantwich, Cheshire.
  • Janice Davinson, lately organiser, Cumbria Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, for services to farming and rural communities in Cumbria.
  • Catherine Mary Meredith, Herefordshire rural hub co-ordinator, for services to rural communities.
  • James Frame Warnock, farmer, Sandilands Farm, Lanark, for services to education and agriculture in Scotland.


  • Dr Elizabeth Anne Edwards, John Innes Centre research scientist and Norfolk Wildlife Trust volunteer, for services to the environment and the public understanding of science (Norwich, Norfolk).
  • Ms Evelyn Mills, Defra administrative officer and Canal and River Trust waterways volunteer, for services to inland waterways.
  • David John Monaghan, company secretary and director, Fermanagh Community Transport, for services to rural transport in Northern Ireland.
  • Anthony Richard Perry, flood and coastal risk manager, Environment Agency, for services to the environment and flood risk management and to the community
  • Christopher James Willder, groundsperson, Brooksby Melton College, for services to horticulture and land-based education.