David Butler - Biodiversity for the Future of Fruit Farming
I have had the privilege of being involved in farming from a young age. We originally had a 60 acre family fruit farm in Kent. Over the last 10 years I have managed to expand to 160 acres growing apples, pears, cherries and some various soft fruits. In that time I have also worked as the fruit manager of a family estate's fruit department consisting of 400 acres of orchards nearby.
I gained an extended level 5 in Management and Leadership from Plumpton College and a qualified tree surgeon.
I am passionate about fruit growing and am fascinated by the cycles and evolution's the industry goes through. I enjoy holding open events on the farm and showing the new systems, ideas and machinery that we all benefit from. I have also provided teaching workshops for school children to visit and learn about fruit growing. For the last 3 years I have been a committee member of the East Kent Fruit Society.
I have a wonderful wife and 3 fantastic children whom I spend as much time with as possible. I am involved and sponsor my son's under 13's football team which we do a lot of travelling in the Kent league.
I am hugely grateful for the generosity of Thatchers Cider for sponsoring me on this journey. My thanks also needs to go to G H Dean and my family for their support.