Ian Pigott

farmer, Thrales End Farms, UK

Spotlight Discussion – Food security and biodiversity: Can Europe make the equation work?

Ian Pigott runs a diversified farming business 20 miles north of London, UK.

Committed to conservation agriculture, education and  environmental stewardship the business has been no-till since 2015. It is a LEAF((Linking Environment and Farming) demonstration farm.

Pigott built The Farmschool, a charity that delivers innovative programmes to secondary school aged children in 2014.  The Farmschool’s objective is to connect the curriculum with farming, habitats, food and society through ‘Fork to Farm’ interactive and digital workshops.

He is a Nuffield Scholar, the founder of the UK’s National Farm Open day, Open Farm Sunday, a Trustee of LEAF and a columnist for the Farmers Weekly. He chairs The Sentry Farming Conference.

Pigott is also a representative of the Global Farmer Network and was awarded an OBE for services to Agriculture and Education in the 2016 New Year’s Honors List.