A HEREFORDSHIRE academic has received a prestigious honour from the Queen for services to academia and green care.

Dr Rachel Bragg, from Hereford, was awarded an OBE last year as part of the Queen's birthday honours list.

The award acknowledges Dr Bragg's work in promoting care farming nationally over the last 20 years.


Care farming combines with other nature-based therapies that are collectively called “green care”.

It provides structured programmes based around farming for people with a defined need to benefit health, social care, or education outcomes.

The award was presented at Longlands Care Farm, in Whitbourne near Bromyard, where Dr Bragg works, by Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire Edward Harley.

Hereford Times: Dr Rachel Bragg with her OBE. Picture: Paul LackDr Rachel Bragg with her OBE. Picture: Paul Lack

Dr Bragg said: "I am proud and delighted to receive an OBE for my work in academia and green care."

"It is great recognition for our care farming sector and the amazing work that happens on care farms such as Longlands to transform people's lives"


Julia Evans, founder and chief executive of the care farm at Longlands, said: "The Longlands team were very excited to be asked to host this ceremony in our newly completed roundhouse."

"I have known Rachel for the 15 years I have been involved in the care farming movement and her OBE is certainly very well deserved."