THE search is on by Herefordshire FWAG for farmers with a wildflower meadow to enter this year's competition for the Wyevale Shield.

Judges will include the boundaries such as hedges, pools, woodland edge as well as the production and wildlife value of the meadow itself, said FWAG organiser Mike Williams.

Judging for the shield, sponsored by Wyevale Nurseries, will take place during June and it is hoped that the winner will allow FWAG to hold an event in the meadow during the next year.

Entry forms are available from Tony Norman on 01544 388305 with the closing date for entries being June 1.

Last year's shield contest was for the perfect traditional orchard. The judges, Chris Fairs of Bulmers and James Bissett of Herefordshire Council, considered restoration work as well as on-going management and were unanimous in choosing Colin Hinksman of Moccas as the winner.

He had restored two orchards at Moccas and at Bredwardine during the last five years and planted gaps with a range of traditional varieties of apples, pears and damsons.

Next Wednesday, FWAG will be holding a walk at the Bredwardine orchard to look at some of the work done. The evening is being sponsored by Barclays Bank. Tickets at £5 include refreshment but places need to be booked through Margo Porter 01597 829298.