CHATSWORTH has been presented with the first-ever lifetime achievement award at a rural awards ceremony for encouraging local food production.
The Derbyshire estate was honoured at The Countryside Alliance Awards at the House of Lords in London.
The prize was presented to the Duke of Devonshire and the Dowager Duchess, Chatsworth farm shop manager Andre Birkett and land agent Nick Wood.
Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Countryside Alliance board member, said: “A food and tourism revolution began at the Chatsworth estate in the 1970s and Britain has not looked back.
“We firmly believe that without the Devonshires and their team leading the way, we would not have such a thriving local food and rural tourism scene in the UK.
“The culture of direct sales from producers through the farm shop really began at Chatsworth. Produce, heritage, education and the highest possible standards are on show there - long may it continue.”
The Duke said he was “immensely proud” to receive the award.