Nominate now for next rural Oscars

The 2015 Countryside Alliance Awards, the biggest annual celebration of communities, produce, enterprise and rural heritage, are now open to public nomination, this year with a new tourism category.

The awards, now in their 11th year, are voted for by the public. They recognise and honour all that’s best about enterprising rural businesses and those who routinely go the extra mile for their community or help to promote rural life.

The awards start regionally and build towards a national championship which will be held at Parliament in April next year.

The award categories reflect the diversity of rural business, embracing everything from farm shops, butchers and post offices to breweries, B&Bs and farm parks. The categorieas are Local Food and Drink; The Daily Telegraph Village Shop/Post Office Awards; Butcher; Tourism Enterprise.

Awards director Jill Grieve said: “These awards are a true celebration of rural life and business so I urge everyone to get behind their businesses and help us shine a spotlight on their efforts.”

Nominations can be made until Monday, November 2, at
The regional winners will be announced in early 2016.