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Helping It Happen 2018 National Awards Winners

Rural Business Award

Sponsored by Turcan Connell


Stemming from the famous Orkney Creamery, Orkney Ice Creams is continuing to look build their business while supporting Orkney dairy farms and local businesses. Employing 20 staff full time and extra summer students looking for experience, they also buy 10 percent of all milk produced on Orkney.
Image: Rural Business Award (l-r) - Niall Stringer from Turcan Connell, Graham Bichan from Orkney Ice Cream, George McNeill, David Johnstone

Tourism Award

Sponsored by Gift of Grouse

Isle of Skye

Dunvegan Castle & Estate offers visitors a chance to experience the rich history of the Highland Estate and continues to make a substantial contribution to the Isle of Skye economy. Dunvegan Castle is a major heritage attraction and key driver of economic growth on the Isle of Skye, acting as a magnet for over 168,000 visitors each year and annually the estate contributes £700,000 through a combination of employment, purchase of local goods and services.
Image: Tourism Award (l-r) – Tim Baynes from Gift of Grouse, Hugh MacLeod from Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, George McNeill, David Johnstone

Rural Housing Award

Sponsored by Calrendon

Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire

Annandale Estates undertook a project to convert a traditional stone barn into four energy efficient affordable homes. The Raehills Home Farm development was designed by White Hill Design Studio and challenged contractors to retrofit the draughty disused agricultural building into warm modern homes as close to Passivhaus standard as possible.
Image: Rural Housing Award - (l-r) David Johnstone from Annandale Estates with judge Julia Latto from Scottish Enterprise, who presented the Award, and guest speaker former sprinter George McNeill

Education Award

Sponsored by Lycetts

Hirsel Estate, Coldstream

Field to Fork, based at the Hirsel Estate, Coldstream, uses a hands-on approach to help connect children to where their food comes from, taking them outdoors to explore, experience and enjoy the countryside.
Image: Education Award (l-r) Karen Brown, Sally Fleming, Hirsel Estate, William Barnes from Lycetts, George McNeill, David Johnstone

Working With Communities Award

Sponsored by The MacRobert Trust

Angus Scotland

Game for Giving works with local butchers and chefs to create oven ready meals using fresh Game that is donated to local charities to help vulnerable families, while also educating members of the public on cooking and preparing Game.
Image: Working with Communities Award - (l-r) - Jon Strickland, Lianne MacLennan, Danny Lawson, George McNeill, David Johnstone

Conservation Award

Sponsored by Aderson Strathem

Conserving the natural beauty

The 7000-acre estate on the western tip of the Morvern Peninsula has invested time into conservation schemes to ensure the area remains a rich, wildlife haven. The whole estate is managed in a way to encourage biodiversity and enhance the landscape.
Image: Conservation Award - (l-r) Robin Beattie from Anderson Strathern, Derek Lewis, Drimnin Estate, George McNeill, David Johnstone

Green Business Award

Iver Salvesen Green Business Award

Stracathro Estate

Stracathro Estates have embraced renewable energy. They are conscious that the carbon footprint of intensive farming is considerable, and to address this have taken on wind, solar and bio energy, whilst also significantly investing in an anaerobic digester which has the capacity to provide energy to 3000 homes.
Image: The Iver Salvesen Green Business Award (l-r): Wendy Salvesen, Oscar Salvesen, Hugh Campbell Adamson from Stracathro Estates, George McNeill, David Johnstone

Innovation in Farming Award

Sponsored by Douglas Home and Co


After realising that their partnership with their local dairy was unsustainable, Mossgiel Farm decided they would offer their milk directly to the customer. A pasteuriser was installed on-farm to reduce food miles to zero, and they signed up to become an Organic dairy farm.
Image: Innovation in Farming Award - (l-r) Sheryl Macaulay from sponsor Douglas Home, Bryce Cunningham of Mossgiel Farm, George McNeill, guest speaker and David Johnstone, Chairman of Scottish Land and Estates

Enhancing Our Environment Award

Sponsored by Bell Ingram

Philiphaugh Estate

Working in partnership with Tweed Forum, Philiphaugh Estate recognised and addressed the need for peatland restoration at Dryhope, taking advantage of the wider benefits this would bring within the Tweed catchment.
Image: Enhancing our Environment (l-r) Mark Mitchell from Bell Ingram, Brian Robeson & Hugh Chalmers from Tweed Forum & George McNeill, David Johnstone

Highly Commended

Katrina Candy, Captain Partridge books: Katrina Candy is a leading children’s author, who has published two books that teach conservation and land management issues to a young audience. Her first book ‘Captain Partridge and the Fire People’ was published in 2012, the second in 2014, and all proceeds from the sales of the books go to the GWCT. Katrina still volunteers her time to promote her incredible stories.

Jenna Ross, Riding the slime wave: Jenna grew up on the family mixed farm in Aberdeenshire, where she saw first-hand the impact that agricultural pests can have on crops, both from a financial and an emotional level. This drove her passion to pursue a career in slug control. Jenna has since worked extensively on bio-pesticide research, focusing on an effective way of controlling mollusc pests. This year she was awarded the Land-based Aquaculture Higher Education Learner of the Year award, which recognises the country’s top trainees within the rural sector, as well as being awarded the prestigious Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies (CARAS) award based on her MBA.

New Falls of Shin Community Facility, Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust: The Falls of Shin is a community owned visitor centre, featuring a cafe, shop, exhibition, children’s play area and provides access to the well-known salmon leap waterfall and adjacent forest walks. Since the building was opened to the public on 15th May 2017, the door counter has monitored more than 100,000 visits to the café. Visitor surveys show that whilst many of the visitors are tourists, the vast majority of the visitors are local people who value the quality of the café and enjoy using the facility on a regular basis. The building has provided the community with an asset which earns them money, increase visitors to the area and provides up to 15 jobs for local people. Unfortunately, the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust couldn’t be with us tonight, but could I ask Jenna and Katrina to come over to collect your framed certificates and get a photo taken.

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