Nominations for the 2017 Scottish Rural Awards opened this week, with hopes of following the success of Dumfries and Galloway businesses last year.
Stranraer-based Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery Company took away a Highly Commended in the Aquaculture category, whilst Sheena Horner, of Galloway Chillies, won a Highly Commended in the Artisan Food category.

Langholm Initiative’s Making The Most of Moorlands Project project also won Highly Commended in the Education category.

The awards, now in their third year, have 11 categories open for nominations, including the coveted Rural Hero award, which recognises those whose contributions to their rural community has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Last year’s awards drew over 200 nominees from across the country.

Businesses have until Friday October 14 to put their nomination forward, with nomination forms and criteria available to download from the Scottish Rural Awards website –
Finalists will be announced at the end of November, with winners revealed at the Scottish Rural Awards gala dinner in March 2017.

The categories are: Rural Enterprise; Artisan Food; Artisan Drink; Rural Tourism and Hospitality; Education; Conservation and the Environment; Agriculture; Rural Employer; Business Start Up; Business Diversification; Rural Hero; and Lifetime Achievement Award