Now in its sixth year, the Scottish Land & Estates Helping it Happen Awards Dinner was held on October 5th in Edinburgh, celebrating the best of rural Scotland. Following a two-year covid induced hiatus of the in-person event, it was fabulous to return to the Sheraton Hotel to congratulate the finalists and winners of the Helping it Happen Awards.
The awards aim to highlight the achievements of those working in the rural sector, whether that be the work of an individual, estate, charitable group or business, who are making positive contributions to their community or environment. The success of the awards is testament to their ability to showcase the wide ranging benefits of rural entrepreneurship including positive social, environmental and economic effects. Scottish Land & Estates Executive Director, Sarah-Jane Laing said “Entries were consistently strong and inspiring and judging once again was very challenging. The highest standards, the latest technology and embracing the expectation to prioritise environmental sustainability are key challenges facing rural enterprises and I take delight in seeing many succeed in meeting these demands.”
As long-standing patrons of the Helping it Happen Awards and passionate supporters of rural Scotland, GLM took delight in again sponsoring the Tourism and Visitor Management Award. We are proud of the diversity of activity and opportunities that have been created in the rural sector, and hope that this inspires other rural businesses to innovate and adapt.
GLM too, stand inspired by the hard work happening in rural communities, and we hope to play our part in positively impacting the built environment through continued support of rural estates, individuals and businesses to improve and innovate their built assets.
Reflecting on the awards, GLM’s managing director Ian McKee said “GLM were delighted to once again support these great awards through our sponsorship of the Tourism and Visitor Management Award which is very close to our hearts. The shortlisted finalists were all fantastic businesses and great ambassadors of what Scotland does best. We were delighted that one of our own clients, Castlecraig Farm, made the shortlist too! I look forward to another year of exemplary businesses showcasing the best of rural Scotland.”
The full list of winners from the nine categories, which vary from conservation to innovation in farming and working with communities, are outlined below:
Tourism and Visitor Management Award – sponsored by GLM
The Fairy Pools Car Park and Off-Grid Toilets Development – A solution to the vast number of visitors to one of the Isle of Skye’s most popular destinations.
Rural Business Award – sponsored by Shepherd & Wedderburn
Skyeskyns – The only commercial woolskin tannery in Scotland, and provider of handcrafted sheepskins, leather and woollen products.
Rural Housing Award – Sponsored by Velux
Stracathro Estates – Awarded for the provision of eleven new build houses for letting to young, local families at affordable rents.
Education Award – Sponsored by Bell Ingram
The Be Your Best Self personal development programme – A programme for women in agriculture which is part of the Scottish Government’s vision to improve the inclusivity and fairness of the Scottish Agriculture Industry.
Working with Communities Award – Sponsored by The MacRobert Trust
Countryside Learning Scotland ADHD Rural Connect – A countryside education charity which provides countryside education, awareness, training and career opportunities.
Conservation Award – Sponsored by Anderson Strathern
The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project – A project between land managers and conservationists to increase the breeding population and range of golden eagles in southern Scotland.
Iver Salvesen Award for Combatting Climate Change – Sponsored by Murray Beith Murray
Calendonian Climate Partners – An environmental consultancy firm working with landholders, communities and businesses to revitalise Scotland’s peatlands.
Innovation is Farming Award – Sponsored by Douglas Home & Co
FastBreeders – A collaborative project involving four dairy farms and using data to enable precise genomic selection to maximise the health and efficiency of crossbred dairy cattle.
Enhancing our Environment through Land Management Award – Sponsored by NatureScot
The Mountains and the People (TMTP) – A £5.6 million scheme to create and rebuild footpaths on the some of the Highlands’ most iconic hills, forming the largest and most complex upland path project.