Kent County Show Long Service Award
At the 2019 Kent County Agricultural Show, Kim Acres, the Farm Foreman was presented with the KCAS Long Service Award
Kim Acres started at the Lees Court Estate in December 1977. At that time the in-hand Farm was 420 acres with three members of staff, led by Bill Harbour who had started a few months previously as Farm Manager. The in –hand farm has increased in size to approximately 1,000 acres and has seen many developments over the years including growing Non-Food Crops. Lees Court Farms has become the recognised leader in the development and growing of Echium in particular. Kim has been champion ploughman at the East Kent Ploughing Match..
Kim continued to work alongside Bill for a further 35 years. Following Bill’s retirement in 2012 Kim has single-handedly taken on the running of the farm as Farm Foreman. Lees Court Farms led the Strutt & Parker Farm Yield Leader Board for 2018 and has regularly been ranked in the top three. Strutt & Parker has stated “The Lees Court Estate in Kent is one of the most successful wheat growers in the country”.
Lady Sondes commented, “we have been exploring progressive areas of farming and interesting new markets to overcome some of the uncertainties facing farming. Kim has shown resourcefulness and dedication to delivering excellence in these challenging new areas; without compromising the high performance of our conventional cropping programme. I am grateful to Kim for his contribution over the decades to my late husband and me and for the successes at Lees Court Farms of which I am very proud.”
Kim is married to Heather and they have lived at Gosmere Farm for over 20 years ; they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.