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2015 Awards are now open to nominations

The 11th annual Countryside Alliance Awards, aka The Rural Oscars, have opened to nominations. The Awards honour rural businesses through the characters who work so hard to make our countryside tick. Across several categories we give a voice and a platform to the unsung heroes of the countryside.

The Awards are public-nomination led, so your support is vitally important if you want your favourite local business to take top honours.


  • Local Food 
  • Village Shop/ Post Office
  • Rural Tourism (new to 2015)
  • Butcher 

We will close to nominations in early November. Please note that you can vote as often as you like and for as many rural businesses as you choose. Don't forget to tell us as much as possible about your chosen business - it's up to you to catch the judges' eyes and propel your business into the national spotlight.

Finalists will be chosen. A maximum of five businesses will be shortlisted in each category. These business will then be visited and judged and will be invited to the Parliamentary finals in April 2016 to hear if they are Champion of their category.

February 2016 - champions of Welsh business will be announced at Cardiff Bay

April 2016 the Parliamentary Grand Final will be held and a Champion announced in each category.

Please note that the Awards run across England and Wales only. Scotland has its own Awards scheme.


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Dike & Son from Dorset won the SW Food Award

Coverage for the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards (nicknamed the Rural Oscars) generated media coverage that reached millions. Here is just some of that coverage, ranging from national acclaim in the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Mirror to regional coverage in the Orcadian, the Newcastle Journal and the Wilts & Glos Standard, to name a few.
The Daily Telegraph: Is this the best village shop in Britain?
The Sunday Mirror: The Supergran who's been Open All hours for the last 40 years
Gloucestershire Echo: Countryside Alliance award-winners, Eat Wild, to open a new restaurant in Cirencester
The Star: Our Cow Molly is cream of the nation
Sheffield Telegraph: Sheffield’s Our Cow Molly wins best Local Food award
The Westmorland Gazette: Gatebeck farming couple win special Clarissa Dickson Wright Award in Rural Oscars
The Ilkley Gazette: National award for Ilkley rural business
The Journal: Blagdon Farm Shop glitters at Rural Oscars
Bradford Telegraph & Argus: Butchers carve out award win
Morpeth Herald: Butcher wins high praise in Parliament
Meat Info: Yorkshire butcher takes ‘Rural Oscars’ award
Salisbury Journal: Chalke Valley Stores is voted best in the land
The Orcadian: Dounby butchers highly commended at ‘rural oscars’
Wilts & Glos Standard: Ampney Crucis brothers win Countryside Alliance Award for meat supplier business Eat Wild
Berwick Advertiser: Sunnyhills wins ‘rural oscars’ award
Salisbury Journal: Award for community store
Blackmore Vale Magazine: Rural oscar for Stalbridge business
Canterbury Times: Farm named Local Food Champion in the South East
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner: Holme Valley pub-turned-shop wins Countryside Alliance Rural Oscar.
Meat Nidderdale butcher Yorkshire champion again in Rural Oscars
Evesham Journal: Chadbury Farm Shop has something for everyone


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Clarissa Dickson Wright Award to be presented at Parliament

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The Countryside Alliance has announced that an inaugural Clarissa Dickson Wright Award will be presented at Parliament on Wednesday 30th April during the Countryside Alliance Awards reception. Clarissa had been a longstanding judge in the Awards, which are an annual celebration of UK produce and rural life. The UK finals will be held at Parliament on 30th April and will be attended by regional winners from across the UK, as well as supportive Parliamentarians. This Award, which was created in Clarissa's name with her approval before her sad death in March, will be presented to her own criteria. The winner's plaque, in claret and gold as chosen by Clarissa, will be announced by Countryside Alliance President and Clarissa's friend Baroness Mallalieu. More will follow after the reception.

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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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