‘Rural Oscars’ open for nominations

THE Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘rural Oscars’, have opened for nominations.

Everyone who supports rural businesses, produce and communities is urged to nominate their favourites and help celebrate the best of rural life.

The awards, now in their seventh year, are the Countryside Alliance’s celebration of communities, produce, enterprise and rural heritage.

Voted for by the public across five categories, they applaud those who routinely go the extra mile for their community and help to promote rural life.

The award categories are local food, Daily Telegraph village shop/ post office award, enterprise, butcher, rural hero. Nominations can be made at www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk until late October.

Awards director Jill Grieve said they were an opportunity to celebrate those who live and work in rural Britain.