The CLA and the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society have announced the return of their prestigious awards celebrating rural work and life on the Island
The awards were first launched in 2018 and will this year honour those who go the extra mile to support the rural economy, from food and drink producers to tourism businesses.
The categories in the Isle of Wight Rural Awards are:
• Wight Marque Food Business
• Rural Tourism Business
• Isle of Wight Countryside Small Business
• Isle of Wight Countryside Business
• Rural Business of the Year (selected from the winners of the above four catagories)
• Rural Young Person of the Year
• Lifetime Achievement Award
These awards will recognise those individuals and businesses who represent the very best of rural achievement on the Isle of Wight. To enter, businesses, individuals and organisations can nominate themselves, or be nominated by others. Nominations will be accepted until 30th April 2020 then the panel of judges, made up of representatives from the CLA, the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society and an independent chairperson, will assess, meet and interview the shortlisted finalists. The winners will be announced and trophies presented at the Royal Isle of Wight County Show on Sunday 28th June 2020.
Last year the Rural Business of the Year award went to The Garlic Farm, while William Earley was crowned Rural Young Person of the Year.
The Garlic Farm won the Rural Tourism Business of the Year category, while the award for Wight Marque Food Business of the Year went to Island Roasted and Caffè Isola.
The Rural Commerce Business of the Year category was won by Tapnell Farm Park, while a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Maj. Gen. Sir Martin White.
To nominate, please download the nomination form and return it to RIWAS by 30th April 2020.