On Saturday 16th September, the world lost one of its leading champions of truly sustainable agriculture.

Richard Young was an extraordinary man with a great presence, intelligence, openness and humility that left a deep impression on anyone who met him. An obituary has now been published by the Guardian which you can read here.

It was his wish to have a private burial with a small group of his closest family and friends at Kite’s Nest Farm, which took place on Friday 6th October.

However, as you might imagine, many of his friends and supporters have been in touch hoping that there might be a chance to attend a memorial gathering to honour his remarkable life and achievements.

In view of this, and after consultation with Richard’s sister Rosamund and her partner Gareth, I’m very happy to share the news that Richard’s extended family, friends and colleagues are invited to a memorial gathering which will take place at Kite’s Nest Farm, near Broadway, Worcestershire, on Friday 3rd November.

We will gather from 11.30am to begin at 12pm with tributes, readings and personal contributions from those who knew and loved him. An organic lunch, including Kite’s Nest beef of course, will be served from 1pm. There will then be an opportunity to go for a walk around the farm for those who would like to.

Mindful that the weather could be inclement at this time of year, we would advise bringing a warm coat and some suitable footwear.

In view of the strength of interest in attending this gathering and the need to establish numbers for catering and logistical reasons, we are asking everyone to RSVP by Friday 20th October. Please email info@sustainablefoodtrust.org to let us know that you would like to attend.

I hope you will be able to join us for this celebration of Richard’s life and look forward to seeing you there.

With warm regards and best wishes,

Patrick Holden