Boston-area farmer named in King's Birthday Honours List

King Charles, during a visit to Boston when he was the Prince of Wales.King Charles, during a visit to Boston when he was the Prince of Wales.
King Charles, during a visit to Boston when he was the Prince of Wales.
​A Boston-area farmer has been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours List.

Robert Caudwell, a farmer of more than 40 years and lately chairman of the Lowland Agricultural Peat Task Force, has received an OBE for services to lowland peat carbon stores and to food security.

The Birthday Honours List for 2024 was published on Friday, June 14, by the Cabinet Office.

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A spokesman for the office said: “The focus of this list is those who haveinitiated a substantial change where it was needed, and developedinnovative solutions that have had an immeasurable impact on the lives of thousands of people across the country.”

The Lowland Agricultural Peat Task Force was established in 2021 by Defra to explore how lowland agricultural peat soils can be better managed to protect productive agriculture and tackle carbon emissions.

In his foreword to the Lowland Agricultural Peat Task Force chairman’s report, Mr Caudwell wrote: “For 18 months during 2021 and 2022, the task force was united around one common goal: to extend useable life of lowland agricultural peatlands, both to slow the loss of soil carbon and to support continued profitable agriculture. I have been delighted to see the journey of the task force bring together individuals, stakeholders and organisations around this ambition. I have been humbled by the enthusiasm of all parties to engage and I hope those involved feel my report does justice to their views.”

“In the aftermath of the task force, I hope the many great examples of collaboration and innovation I have seen will be supported to thrive,” he continued. “To deliver meaningful change, at the scale required to see lowland peatlands make a significant contribution to our nation’s Net Zero by 2050 target, will require strong backing from government. Both our farming community and those responsible for managing our water will require positive leadership and financial support to deliver results on the ground.”

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