Posted: 27/03/2017

Countryside Alliance announces winners of ‘Rural Oscars’

Countryside Alliance award winners
The winners of the Countryside Alliance awards were announced at a ceremony at Parliament this month

The winners of the 2016 Countryside Alliance awards were announced at a ceremony in Parliament last week.

Among the winners were Lawns Farm Shop and Morthern Milk, near Rotherham, who took champion in the local food and drink category with particular mention being made to their diversification following the 2014 milk crisis.

Derby’s Bluebell Dairy took the top spot in the tourism enterprise category, a wholesale ice cream business that now boasts a 100 seat tearoom, activities for the family, and a program of school visits with inner-city children.

The Isle of Wight’s Briddlesford Farm was the recipient of the Countryside Alliance’s Clarissa Dickson Wright legacy award. The family-run dairy farm was praised for how it has adapted and evolved to create a thriving rose veal market, sell direct and educate youngsters. The Griffin family, who have been farming at Briddlesford since 1923, will soon complete a new processing unit, which will allow the farm to produce significantly more milk and begin making other styles of cheese.

For the full list of winners, visit the Countryside Alliance website

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