Communities, businesses and individuals across Scotland are being asked for nominations for new rural awards celebrating estates and landowners that help their local region to flourish.
Scottish Land & Estates has launched the inaugural 'Helping it Happen' awards, which will recognise landowners and rural businesses that play a key role in enabling and supporting success in rural areas.
For the new awards – which are to be sponsored by The MacRobert Trust - people are being asked to share how their local estate, farm or rural business has made a positive contribution to their local area via the Helping it Happen website – www.helpingithappen.co.uk. Those nominating can tell how their area has benefitted from the involvement of land-based businesses, and also view case studies from other regions across Scotland.
Nominations submitted will be considered by an independent judging panel
The awards will be given in the following categories:
- Rural Business (incorporating business opportunities, diversification and employment)
- Rural Housing
- MacRobert Trust award for Working with Communities (incorporating education and community engagement)
- Conservation (incorporating wildlife and conservation)
- The Iver Salvesen Green Business Award (incorporating environmental and renewable energy)
Once the submissions close in early April, an independent judging panel will sift through the award nominations before deciding the winners across six categories: rural business, tourism, rural housing, working with communities, conservation, and eco business.
An awards night will be held in Edinburgh on May 30, 2017, which follows Scottish Land & Estates' annual spring conference being held at the Assembly Rooms on the same day.
The closing date for nominations will be 14th April 2017.