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By Fiona Reid
Rural awards

NOMINATIONS are being sought from farms, estates, businesses, individuals, charities, and projects in the area for a rural awards.

The deadline for the Helping It Happen Awards 2024 is June 28.

And one of last year’s local winners is urging others to enter.

Laggan, at Gatehouse of Fleet, won the tourism and visitor management prize and managing director Duncan McConchie, above, said: “It’s great to see an awards ceremony focused on the rural sector.”

It’s organised by Scottish Land & Estates and CEO Sarah-Jane Laing said: “Our Helping it Happen Awards aim to spotlight the essential contributions made by land-based organisations and individuals to rural communities throughout Scotland.

“Whether it’s aiding the environment, bolstering local economies, or making strides in farming and education, these awards celebrate those whose efforts often go under the radar.

“We encourage people across Scotland to nominate deserving candidates for this year’s awards. Last year’s entries were outstanding, and I eagerly await the nominations for 2024.”

The prize categories are:



Enhancing Our Environment through Land Management

Innovation in Farming Award

Iver Salvesen Award for Combatting Climate Change

Outstanding Contribution to Rural Scotland

Rural Business

Rural Property

Rural Rising Star

Tourism & Visitor Management

Working with Communities

To enter, go to


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