Promoting rural heritage
IT'S YOUR chance to help promote rural life through the prestigious Countryside Alliance Awards.
This week the rural campaign group is launching its annual celebration of communities, produce, enterprise and rural heritage.
The awards, often called the Rural Oscars, are now in their ninth year.
The public is asked to vote for their favourite country business and those who routinely go the extra mile for their community or help to promote rural life.
The awards start regionally and build towards a national championship which will be held at Parliament in April 2014.
The five award categories are:
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The alliance's executive chairman Barney White-Spunner said: "It's time to celebrate all that is best about our rural businesses and projects.
"Nominations increase year on year, so we are expecting 2013 to be a bumper year.
"The awards are a fantastic platform for these fabulous and innovative enterprises and the communities that power them."
The public is asked to nominate their favourites at www.countryside-alli ance.org.uk by November 1.
Britain has been divided into 10 regions for the awards.