A major grouse moor in County Durham, an organic farm in Yorkshire and a wildfowlers? association in Lancashire have emerged as the top three winners in the 2012 Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation.

Since August, judges have been visiting shortlisted entrants throughout the UK to assess the most worthy winners, and their decision was announced last week by chairman Lord Douro at a presentation in Purdey?s historic Long Room in central London.

The Gold Award was presented to Michael Stone, owner of the Weardale estate in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. He also received the coveted Purdey Awards Shield, a cheque for £4,000 and a jeroboam of Laurent-Perrier champagne.

The rest of this article appears in the 28th November issue of Shooting Times.

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