Awards Recognise Achievements across Countryside Communities; RECOGNITION: NFU Countryside Announces Prizes for 10 Aspects of Rural Life
AN AWARDS initiative specifically designed to recognise the achievements of individuals and communities across Britain's countryside has been launched.
NFU Countryside is inaugurating what will become the annual Countryside Awards as a way of putting the countryside into a positive framework after a very difficult period for rural areas.
The awards, which will be presented at a gala lunch in mid summer, will be judged by a panel of well-known individuals with links to rural life, including Country File presenter John Craven, wild foods chef Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall and former Blue Peter presenter Simon Groom.
There are 10 categories, including Countryperson of the Year, Countryside Small Business of the Year and Village School of the Year and the substantial prizes on offer will relate to each category winner's individual costs.
NFU Countryside chief executive Ian Dalzell says "There are countless countryside people who work tirelessly and quietly for the benefit of their local communities, whether as individuals or as part of groups.
"Our awards are designed to put these individuals and groups into the spotlight, and to recognise the contributions they make to the well-being of these communities and to the traditional countryside way of life. …