The farm gets involved voluntarily hosting farm walks around the fields and demonstrations in the farmyard for interest groups with The University of York, RSPB and Wildlife and Nature Groups.
The work on the farm has been recognised nationally with the selection of Richard as a finalist in the Countryside Farmer of the Year awards 2009 as well as the northern regional winner of the National RSPB Nature of Farming Awards 2013.
In July 2014, Richard was awarded overall winner of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society Tye Trophy for excellence in farming and conservation. This covered the whole of the Northern region.
Chris Tomson, RSPB said: “Through wildlife-friendly farming schemes and his own initiative, he has undertaken a huge amount of conservation work for the benefit of everything from butterflies and bats to skylarks and hares. The farm throngs with wildlife and is a joy to visit.”