Media Release: Rural Innovator Awards public voting open


SCOTTISH Rural Action have opened voting for the Rural Innovators Award 2016.

The awards seek to recognise and showcase some of the most innovative and effective ways in which rural challenges can be addressed.

It will be awarded to a project, person or organisation who is improving life in rural communities by tackling one of the priority challenges.

The award categories are as follows:

  • Young people
  • Housing
  • Climate change
  • Health and social care
  • Business
  • Community councils
  • Angus

Scottish Rural Action national co-ordinator, Emma Cooper, said: “We are very excited to be able to start accepting votes for the Rural Innovators Awards.

“Some incredible and inspiring projects were nominated for the awards in this category and shortlisting was a challenging task.

“We would encourage people to have a look at the shortlisted projects on our website and choose the project they find most innovative and inspiring.”

The awards will be presented at the Scottish Rural Parliament in Brechin.

You can vote online at

Voting closes at midnight on the 18th September 2016.

Winners will receive a paid-for place at the Scottish Rural Parliament 2016 on 6-8th October 2016 taking place at Brechin Community Campus in Angus and will have the opportunity to present their project to delegates.


Notes to editor:

For more information about the Scottish Rural Parliament, see the FAQ page on our website or call Emma Cooper on 07896 216236.

Details of the Rural Innovator Awards and nomination processes are available on the website:

Photo: The Food Life, Angus nominee for 2016.

The Rural Innvovator Awards are only held every two years.

Projects and their locations:

Business category

Green hillock Glamping – Angus

Bùth Bharraigh Ltd – Isle of Barra

GrowBiz Xchange – Perthshire

Community Post Office – Selkirk, Borders

Climate change category

SPICE (Strategic Partnership for improving the city of Elgin) – Elgin

Beautiful Renewables – Dumfries

Greening Kyle/ Cosy Homes – East Sutherland

CarbonBusters – Dumfries

Health and social category

Inspired by Autism – Dunoon and Cowal

Strathblane Community Care Model

BeFriend – Berwickshire

Dumfries and Galloway Refugee Action

Housing category

Rent-to-Buy Scheme – Highlands

Welfare Rights Information Project – Argyll and bute

Ulva Ferry Housing Project – Isle of Mull

Rutherford Square – Kelso, Borders

Young people category

DD8 Music – Angus

Health and Safety in a Rural Location – SAYFC

Young people supporting young people in employment and training – Borders

Dynamic Dancing – Shetland

Angus category

Angus Farmers Market

Ogilvy Spirits

The Food Life

DD8 Music

Community council category

Elgin Fairtrade Group

Sleat Community Council – Isle of Skye

Ettrick and Yarrow Commmunity Council

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Contact: David Sinclair
Phone: 07896216236