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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 » Tourism

Conservation Award sponsorerd by Gift Of Grouse

The Gift of Grouse is delighted to be sponsoring the Tourism category of the Helping It Happen 2017 national awards.
Scotland is a truly world class destination for the classic country sports of shooting, fishing and stalking.
The red grouse can only be hunted in the UK and has enduring international appeal. Gift of Grouse was established to promote the many benefits of moorland management for grouse shooting. How it contributes to the sustainability of many upland estates, how the investment by grouse moor owners helps to look after remote rural communities and how plays and important conservation role including the protection nof rare wildlife species. Grouse shooting is a high value and integral part of the Scottish country sports tourism offer and we are passionate about helping rural Scotland to develop as a tourist destination.

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