Lawford Heath man Peter Boneham is off to pastures new after 46 years working on the same farm.
He said a fond farewell to friends and colleagues at special party last Friday, with some guests travelling up from London to be there.
Peter, 65, a farm foreman at Lawford Heath Farm, said: “It was a really hard decision but I felt it was the right time to leave farming.
“Every day brought fresh challenges and I’ve really enjoyed it, but farming has changed so much and I decided to let the youths have a go.”
His duties included cultivation, tractor work and working with cattle.
Peter, who is married to Denise and has three children and four grandchidren, describes himself as a ‘country man’ with clay pigeon shooting being one of his hobbies.
He is now looking forward to spending more time with his family.
Peter added: “We have family in Spain so I’m looking forward to lots of extended holidays.
“I’m sure I’ll be very busy.”
Andrew Mitchell, who owns Lawford Heath Farm, said: “Peter was a really good worker who brought a lot to the farm.
“As well as general duties he also helped a lot with getting young people get a start into agriculture.”