A new face to help the farmers of the Vale

Aylesbury NFU branch secretary Mark Wheeler
Aylesbury NFU branch secretary Mark Wheeler
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Farmer’s son Mark Wheeler is looking forward to his new role serving the farmers of the Vale.

Mark, 36, has taken over as Aylesbury NFU branch secretary following the retirement of Virginia Stollery who was in the job for 28 years.

Mark will be working alongside assistant branch secretary Simon Parker and all the team based at The Gateway, and hopes to provide a seamless transition.

He has yet to meet MPs David Lidington and John Bercow but hopes to do so soon.

He has however been out and about meeting the farmers and said: “They are all absolutely delightful.The concerns out there at the minute are about the huge changes at European level, and the NFU is doing everything in its power to promote fairness. Prices are really struggling across all sectors in agriculture and it is important that there is local representation. HS2 is also a huge issue for this part of the country and it is my job to make the communication channels as efficient as possible, whether it’s speaking to MPs or writing petitions to present to the select committee.”

“It’s a time of incredible change in farming in terms of environmental legislation, CAP reform, weather patterns and infrastructure developments.In any business times are never easy, there is always another challenge, I don’t think farming is any different. But we have to get the best deal for British farming.”

Mr Wheeler grew up on the family farm in Buckingham and attended the Royal Latin Grammar School.