Duncton farmer honoured for 60 years service to his community

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Duncton farmer David Burden, who has served his communities for more than six decades, has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the queen’s birthday honours.

“I feel very honoured and very proud,” he said.

David, who was born in Bepton, attended Midhrust Church of England School and the Midhurst Secondary Modern before studying agriculture at Brinsbury and Plumpton Colleges and going on to work for large scale dairy farmers in the area.

He moved to Northchapel and now lives in Duncton with his wife Judy.

He was a founder member of the South Downs National Park Authority serving until last year and was a member of the precursor, the Conservation Board.

He was a member of Northchapel Parish Council, serving until 2010 and is still a member of the village hall committee there. He was also heavily involved in the planning of housing in St Michael’s Close.

David has served as a member of Petworth Town Council since 2010.

He is chairman of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, past president of the South Downs Sheep Society and a member of the NFU since 1972, including a term as county chairman.

Passionate about rural issues he is a member of the Church and Countryside Committee and is a supporter of the Petworth Community Garden project.

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