Martin, who owns Gabriel’s Farm in Edenbridge, Kent, has been
awarded the prestigious; Richard Neame Local Wildlife Sites Silver
award in the farming category presented through the Kent Wildlife
Trust. This, Derek accepted with great pride for all his achievements
and hard work.
Martin, has spent many years since buying the farm in 1995, extensively
improving the habitats for wildlife, plants, insects, and birds
which has paid off with this award.
He has on his 340 acre estate worked tirelessly dividing the farm
up into tranquil lakes, 52 fields and planting over 120, 000 trees,
giving a wonderful opportunity for wildlife to reside here and it
has also provided a natural habitat.
Derek also provides on his land a range of other activities, fishing
in the lakes, caravanning and camping, DIY Livery, which is proving
very successful to those who come here and want the pleasure and
tranquillity of the countryside.
The farm has now an abundance of wildlife, all due to Derek’s
hard work, it is rich in wild flowers, birdlife including mandarin
and pochard ducks, skylarks, buntings, kingfishers, egrets, redstarts,
flycatchers, nightingales, warblers, a wonderful selection of the
many birds that live and breed here on his estate.
Butterflies abound here due to the assortment of wild flowers, such
as peacock, red admiral, painted lady, also a visit by a rare purple
Derek mentions “that if you are going to see something unusual,
then this is the place to find it”.
He has also named a special part of his land owl Corner as there
have been visits by long eared owls which sit in the trees here
and the golden oriole.
Mr Martin wants to thanks all the people in and around Edenbridge
for assisting him transform his land at Gabriels Farm...into an
He is more than pleased with all the hard work as people from all
over the country come to this haven of wildlife to fish, paint and
sketch, and walk in the lovely farm with the abundance of wonderful
there to see.
Please contact Derek and visit his website for more information
With the Richard Neame Local Wildlife Sites Silver Award 2012 presented
through the Kent Wildlife Trust
The Kent Biodiversity Partnership Steering Group oversees the selection
of Local Wildlife Site’s using robust, scientifically-determined
criteria and local knowledge and understanding of this area’s
The selection process draws on the expertise of some of the county’s
most experienced and knowledgeable naturalists.
The increase and diversity of species has come from the increase
in habitat. Plant life, trees and water have been brought together
and have created richness of numbers and species of insects and
birds which in turn has reflected in an increase in the quality
of fish, reptiles and animals on the site. The entire conservation
habitat development has been achieved within a sustainable farming