The ninth annual Countryside Alliance Awards are now open to public nomination.
The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the Rural Oscars, were borne of a need to support and promote rural communities. They celebrate people going the extra mile to ensure that rural Britain’s food and farming industry, small businesses, traditional skills, forward-thinking enterprises and, most of all, its people, can flourish.
The Awards run across the following categories: Local Food Award, Daily Telegraph Village shop/Post Office Award, Butcher Award and Start-up Award.
Nominations are open online at www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk until 1 November. Regional judging will then take place. Regional winners will be announced in early 2014 and invited to the grand final at the House of Lords in April 2014, where overall champions will be announced. Past winners, judging regions and judging criteria are also online.