Countryside Alliance Awards: nominate the best of rural Britain

The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed ‘The Rural Oscars’ have opened to nominations. Everyone who supports rural businesses, produce and communities is urged to nominate their favourites and help celebrate the best of rural life.

The Awards, now in their seventh year, are the Countryside Alliance’s celebration of communities, produce, enterprise and rural heritage. Voted for by the public across five categories, they applaud those who routinely go the extra mile for their community and help to promote rural life.

The Award categories are:

· Local Food Award
· Daily Telegraph Village Shop/ Post Office Award
· Enterprise Award
· Butcher Award
· Hunter Rural Hero of 2011

Countryside Alliance Awards Director, Jill Grieve, said: “The Awards have been nicknamed “The Rural Oscars” and they really do have a feelgood factor that gives a boost to everyone involved. I would urge everyone who supports our farmers, businesses and communities to have their say and nominate their favourites. Those who live and work in rural Britain face unique challenges and it is our privilege to honour them.”


Notes to editors:

Nominations can be made at until late October

The winners in 2010 were:

Local Food Award: Farrington's Farm Shop, Farrington Gurney, Bristol 01761 452266

Highly Commended: Ainsty Farm Shop, Green Hammerton, Yorkshire 01423 331897

Village Shop / Post Office Award: Yarpole Community Shop Association and Post Office, Yarpole, Leominster, Herefordshire 01568 780148

Highly Commended: Robin Hill Stores, Marnhull, Dorset 01258 820266

Enterprise Award: Growing Well, Low Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria, 015395 61777

Highly Commended: The Sheffield Honey Company, Yorkshire 07980 261554

Butcher Award: SW Doughty, Doddington, Kent 01795 886255.

Highly Commended: Noel Chadwick Ltd, Standish, Lancashire 01257 421137

Daily Telegraph Traditional Business: Nursey of Bungay, Bungay, Suffolk 01986 892 821

Highly Commended: Mitchells Dairy, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire 01467 621389

Highly Commended: Wildwood Coppice Company, Halnaker, West Sussex, 01243 778106

Hunter Rural Hero

The Racehorse Sanctuary, Cowfold, West Sussex 01403 865929 –

Hunter Junior Rural Hero

Joint Award: Tom and Lottie Sweet, Lampeter, Ceredigion.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire, for sparking the local food movement in the UK. 01246 583392

· Britain has been divided into 9 regions for the Awards. Each region will declare a winner in January 2012.
· Regional winners go forward to the grand final, judged by the national panel, and will be invited to attend the National Reception at Parliament in March 2012, where the 2011 national champions will be announced.

For more information please call 0207 840 9220 or 07775 938792


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