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Helping It Happen 2017 National Awards

Communities, businesses and individuals across Scotland are being asked for nominations for new rural awards celebrating estates and landowners that help their local region to flourish.

Scottish Land & Estates has launched the inaugural 'Helping it Happen' awards, which will recognise landowners and rural businesses that play a key role in enabling and supporting success in rural areas.

For the new awards – which are to be sponsored by The MacRobert Trust - people are being asked to share how their local estate, farm or rural business has made a positive contribution to their local area via the Helping it Happen website – Those nominating can tell how their area has benefitted from the involvement of land-based businesses, and also view case studies from other regions across Scotland.

Nominations submitted will be considered by an independent judging panel

The awards will be given in the following categories:
  • Rural Business (incorporating business opportunities, diversification and employment)
  • Tourism
  • Rural Housing
  • MacRobert Trust award for Working with Communities (incorporating education and community engagement)
  • Conservation (incorporating wildlife and conservation)
  • The Iver Salvesen Green Business Award (incorporating environmental and renewable energy)

Once the submissions close in early April, an independent judging panel will sift through the award nominations before deciding the winners across six categories: rural business, tourism, rural housing, working with communities, conservation, and eco business.

An awards night will be held in Edinburgh on May 30, 2017, which follows Scottish Land & Estates' annual spring conference being held at the Assembly Rooms on the same day.

The closing date for nominations will be 14th April 2017.

Nominated Case Studies » Green Business

The Iver Salveson Green Business Award

Iver Salvesen was an active member of the Southeast Regional Committee of Scottish Land and Estates from 2008-2016. Living in the Scottish Borders, he was a farmer, builder and developer who believed deeply in the importance of renewable energy and preserving the environment. His wish to learn about this subject prompted his return to university to earn a MSc in Architecture and Environmental Studies in 2013.

His primary focus in his final years was to design and build environmentally friendly homes, as well as to oversee the installation of renewable energy systems into homes, farms and estates. He recently began the design and build of one of the first straw bale houses in Scotland, which was built almost entirely by volunteers.

Iver died tragically and suddenly in July 2016 whilst doing volunteer work in Tanzania, where he was building houses for widows and orphans.

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