Gloucestershire

Cotswolds farmer honoured with MBE for rare breeds work

Joe Henson receives his MBE from the Princess Royal during an Investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle
Image caption The Princess Royal gave Joe Henson his MBE at Windsor Castle

A Gloucestershire farmer who has worked for 40 years to save rare farm breeds has been honoured by the Queen.

Joe Henson, who founded the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in 1973, was made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to conservation.

Mr Henson attended a Windsor Castle ceremony with his wife Gill, daughter Louise and son Adam - a farmer and television presenter.

The Henson family has also owned and run the Cotswold Farm Park since 1971.

Mr Henson said: "I'm delighted to receive recognition of the work that I've done to save our rare breeds, and thrilled that this continues to be born out through the work of The Cotswold Farm Park.

"I was particularly pleased that it was Princess Anne who gave it to me because she is very involved with rare breeds as well."

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