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Cider-maker Temperley wins Radio 4 'food Oscar' award
Julian Temperley
Julian, who farms near Kingsbury Episcopi, has distilled for 20 years

A Somerset cider-maker has won success for the county at the BBC Food & Farming Awards.

Julian Temperley, who runs Somerset Cider Brandy Company, was presented with a special Judges' award in The Best Food Producer category.

He was recognised for the positive effect he has on the local economy, buying up and preserving Somerset orchards.

Judge Sheila Dillon said Julian was a worthy winner.

"Julian and his team were the perfect recipients because not only do they produce something which is the best of its kind but they have helped to preserve an entire region's tradition," she said.

"He has had an incredible part to play as he bought an orchard before he knew he could make money out of it because he thought they were too wonderful to let them be grubbed up and turned into cereals."

Julian, who has been distilling for 20 years, was presented with the award at a service at Broadcasting House in London which was attended by HRH Prince Charles.

He said: "It is, in the end, an award for Somerset's cider tradition because without the generations of cider makers in the past and orchardists, we wouldn't have the knowledge base to be able to introduce such a fine brandy in the south west."

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