Anders WALL Award


Anders Wall Award is a prize granted to individuals who have made a special contribution to the rural environment within the European Union. The landowner of the selected project is receiving a prize of €20,000.


The ELO and the Anders WALL Foundation (Sweden), together with the Friends of the Countryside, DG Environment and The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry..


The Anders Wall Award is bestowed on the occasion of The Friends of the Countryside General Assambly, taking place in a different country every year..

Who can participate

Private entrepreneurs who have developed a project with importance at local, national and European level, use of quality instruments and management practices which contribute to the improvement of the quality of the environment..

How to participate

Once the call for applications launched, you can download the application form at and send it by mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and by post to: Anders Wall Award Friends of the Countryside, Rue de Trèves 67 - BE - 1040 Brussels. 
(The application must be sent by post and e-mail)

For more information


Winners of 2015/2016

Winner of prize: The Honourable Evelyn Boscawen, Tregothnan Estate, United Kingdom

Tregothnan is the home estate of the Boscawen family and the seat of the Viscounts Falmouth since 1334. The Estate, situated on  the western seaboard of Europe with the main emphasis on the countryside of Cornwall, Southwest UK, is comprised of 11,000 ha actively managed with key strategic aims including the preservation of the countryside for future generations. Features include 1200 ha woodland and some of the most diverse and endangered habitats in Europe.

The owners have a firm commitment to retain their international headquarters deep within the unspoilt countryside. Also they support deep community engagement and collaboration with over 200 farming families to achieve their objectives. A previously unviable, impoverished cliff-top farm is now in profit with tea propagation.

Early adoption and forcing of technology such as superfast broadband have made them the most connected rural estate in Europe. This is used to take the products to the market and not impassively awaiting the market to come to the countryside, as illustrated in this video:

The estate is home of the UK’s largest garden opening for charity, average donations to countryside charities of €21,000 per day of special opening since 2010.

The estate designed, developed and currently manages Europe’s largest estuarine oak woodland with current award to Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and elevation to Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) status.

The owners created the 2nd largest charcoal business in Europe as a means to maintain ancient coppicing of rare woodlands and reduce non EU imported charcoal requirement, (currently only 4% of UK’s charcoal requirement comes from UK).

The owners are also pioneers of the first tea plantations in the UK and protector of many rare flora species.

They have achieved a European and international media coverage of innovations and community achievements.

Winner of diploma: Fernando de Andrada-Vanderwilde Contreras with the project entitled “Providing biodiversity and contributing sustainable economic local development while helping the most endangered species in Spain: Iberian linx (Linx  pardina) and iberian imperial eagle (Aquila adalberti),  Puerto Bajo de la Cereceda Estate, Spain.

Fernando de Andrada-Vanderwilde y Contreras was born in June 29th of 1937. He handled direct responsibilities on all his family estates, covering 15.000 hectares, after his father´s death in February 1968, at the age of 31. Through generations, up to our days, Fernando´s Family have managed their lands taking care on behalf of their patrimonial herds of cattle, conditions of their pastures and woody areas and their agricultural farms dedicated to cereal and olive trees. This way of management has been improved by Mr Andrada-Vanderwilde having introduced the challenges of conservation.

On the basis of a strong commitment as landowner with unique wildlife on his territory, he is taking care of his legacy intending not only to improve what he received from his parents, but also contribute to sustainable economic development.

As a farmer, he is mostly dedicated to agriculture and at large to the olive tree culture, with very few factory and technology investment, but still representing 25% of the total olive oil world production.

As a wildlife manager, his work highlights the fact that private property plays an important role not only in sustainable development but in successful conservation for a more liveable, cleaner world for our own survival.

Mr Andrada-Vanderwilde, as the President of the Friends of the Iberian Imperial Eagle, Iberian Lynx and Private Natural Areas Foundation, has promoted the most important Land stewardship organisation in Spain, with more than 650,000 has associated.

Thanks to land stewardship agreements with private landowners and the development of LIFE projects, currently the world's best lynx population is located in the vicinity of Puerto Bajo de la Cereceda estate, owned by Mr Andrada-Vanderwilde. This estate has been part of the IBERLINCE LIFE PROJECT for the last 15 years. Some of the Iberian lynx that are now repopulating other areas in Spain were born on this property.

Award Winners 

2003 - Barritskov, Denmark. Thomas Harttung 

2004 - Herdade do Pinheiro, Portugal. Jacqueline Violet 

2005 - Les Salins du Midi, France. Gerard Dumonteil 

2006 - Agriturismo Cassinazza, Italy. Giuseppe Natta 

2007 - Clinton Devon Estate, United Kingdom. Lord Clinton 

2008 - Jarras-Listel Estate, France. Paul-Francois Vranken 

2009 - Wrams Gunnarstorp Estates, Sweden. Rudolf Tornerhjelm 

2010 - Escrick Park Estate, England. Charles Forbes Adam

2011 - Jaunumuli Estate , Latvia. Kalnins Madars 

2012 - Järvikyla Estate, Finland. Karl Grotenfelt 

2013 - Danilovka Estate, Russia. Michail Orlov 

2014 - Heihuyzen Estate, Belgium. Christophe Lenaerts 

2015 - Castelo Melhor Estate, Portugal. João Portugal Ramos and José Maria Soares Franco 




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