Robbie Moore - Addressing the perceived failings of short-term land occupation.
Having grown up on the family’s arable farm near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, I have actively been involved within the family business since a young age. We farm just over 2,000 acres of combinable crops and provide a potato cold storage facility.
In 2004, the family business undertook a major diversification project and started recycling farm plastic waste. 28,000 sq ft of shed space was converted into a recycling plant and our new business venture, Agri-cycle was launched. The business now consists of a national network of franchises collecting farm plastic waste and spent shot gun cartridges which are recycled into usable products, such as grain flooring and garden furniture.
After completing secondary education, I attended Newcastle University to study Architecture. Whilst I decided not to progress with a vocation in this subject, the course enabled me to thrive from the challenge of problem solving.
In early 2009, I joined George F White LLP, a rural surveying and farm business consultancy firm based within the North East. After completing a post graduate diploma in rural surveying and gaining a distinction, I was able to progress and become a fully qualified Chartered Surveyor. I have also been awarded Fellowship of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. I currently provide professional advice principally covering landlord and tenant matters, farm business consultancy, compensation, valuations and rural asset portfolio management. I really enjoy assisting clients on how best they can manage, protect, advance or enhance their asset base.
I am ready for my next challenge and with enthusiasm, energy and commitment, I look forward to developing my thinking and exploring the bigger picture through this Nuffield Scholarship. Seeing the negative outcomes of short-term occupation, such as resistant black grass and ineffective land drainage systems, I look forward to getting started and addressing the issue in greater depth.
I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust for their extremely kind and generous support towards my Nuffield Scholarship and for providing me with this fantastic opportunity.