Countryside Alliance Awards

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Regional Champions of 2013

Now that all of our Regional Champions have been announced we can look forward to the Winners' Reception at Parliament on 30th April. The national judging panel will meet in early April to make some tough decisions about who our UK Champions of 2013 will be - and those Champions will be announced at Parliament during the Winners' Reception. Congratulations to all of our Champions, we salute your achievements. Our only sadness is that our longest serving judge, Clarissa Dickson Wright, who so loved and supported the Awards, will not be there to contribute. You can read a tribute to our great friend here.


Nicknamed "The Rural Oscars" these annual awards are the leading rural business, produce and community awards to win. Operating across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland they celebrate the very best of rural produce and community. They are run by the Countryside Alliance, the 100,000 strong membership organisation that campaigns for rural life. 

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A tribute to Rural Oscars Judge and countryside champion, Clarissa Dickson Wright

Thursday, 20 March 2014

The countryside has been saddened by the news of the death of our great friend and Rural Oscars judge, Clarissa Dickson Wright. Clarissa was our longest serving judge - a fact of which she was extremely proud - and her stalwart support for our food producers and rural businesses will be missed very much. We are proud to have had Clarissa as a judge, her instincts were always spot on and she always revelled in the decision making process followed by the celebrations at Parliament when she got to meet so many rural business men and women - leaving them all starstruck. Clarissa was a public figure who was beloved by many, and we pledge to continue her work, fighting for fair food labelling and speaking out on behalf of our hard working rural businesses. Clarissa's great friend, Countryside Alliance President Baroness Mallalieu, has written a touching tribute and you can read it in full below.

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CA Awards launched in Northumberland

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

On Thursday 19th September Countryside Regional Director Simon Hamlyn and North East Countryside Alliance Awards Judge Anne Marie Trevelyan (pictured) launched the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards in the North East. The event, held at the Kitchen Garden at Meldon Park near Morpeth, was attended by rural businessmen and women from across the North East, all keen to hear about the Awards, nicknamed the Rural Oscars, and their positive impact.

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Shot for the Pot - our Autumn celebration of game meat

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Countryside Alliance's Game-to-Eat game marketing campaign is delighted to have been given game recipes by some top chefs in support of its Shot for the Pot initiative. Shot for the Pot is a national game dinner party where supporters invite friends for a game lunch of supper and ask them for a donation to the Countryside Alliance. It will take place from 26th October - 2nd November. ´╗┐ Tom Kitchin, Henry Harris, Rachel Green, Valentine Warner, Mark Hix, Adam Byatt, Vivek Singh, Shaun Rankin, Lee Maycock, Jose Souto and Mark Lloyd´╗┐ have all sent in delicious game recipes to inspire you during Shot for the Pot week, to be held during the last week of October.
Thanks to all of these busy and talented contributors who are passionate about seasonal, local and welfare-friendly produce. We are drip-feeding the recipes over the coming weeks so please keep visiting for the next one. Each recipe has been designed as a downloadable pdf format for you to print out and keep.

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Environment Secretary praises Awards' role in boosting rural businesses

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, who is on the Countryside Alliance Awards judging panel, has offered a warm endorsement for the Rural Oscars and the work they do, saying:
“These awards shine a spotlight on the shops, services and farming businesses operating from the heart of Britain’s countryside.
“Rural businesses are vital to the country’s economic recovery, and we are fully backing aspiration and giving entrepreneurs the support they need to create jobs and support thriving communities.”

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