Sussex

Julian Gardner remembered with photo competition

Julian Gardner
Image caption Julian Gardner's family describe him as "kind, sociable and extremely generous"

A photographic competition has been set up in memory of an East Sussex man who was killed interrupting a burglary.

Julian Gardner, 53, was crushed between two vehicles after disturbed a gang ransacking his farm in Robertsbridge.

The competition is being run by the Game And Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT). Mr Gardner's family said he had "cherished" the countryside.

Four men from Kent were jailed at Lewes Crown Court for his manslaughter on Wednesday.

Peter Thompson, from the charity, based in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, said: "Julian was a lifelong supporter of our conservation research and was passionate about the countryside.

"His family are delighted that we are using their donation to set up this annual award in his memory."

'Memory live on'

Two sculptures will be awarded to winners of the annual competition, which is open to amateur photographers in two categories.

A spokesman for Mr Gardner's family said: "Julian was a countryman and farmer who was tragically killed while defending his business.

"We are really pleased that his memory will live on through GWCT's photo competition, which is themed around the countryside that he cherished so much."

A trial at Lewes Crown Court heard how Mr Gardner disturbed the men at Bush Barn Farm in October 2010, where he ran a vehicle repair workshop

Brothers Terrence, 42, and Marcus Bristow, 32, both of Great Chart, in Kent, were each jailed at Lewes Crown Court for 11 years.

Lee Delay, 23, from Tunbridge Wells, and Paul Dunn, 33, from Cranbrook, received seven years each.

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