Applications open for CLA and Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society rural awards

The CLA and Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society have relaunched their rural awards – don’t delay, nominate today

IOW award winners 2019

The CLA and the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society (RIWAS) are today relaunching their annual awards celebrating rural life on the Island.

The awards, which are accepting nominations for a strictly limited period, are normally presented at the Royal Isle of Wight County Show each summer. But with the 2020 show called off due to the Coronavirus pandemic, they have now been relaunched and will be presented later this year.

To nominate by 16th October download a form from the CLA or RIWAS websites, or call the CLA on 01264 313 434.

Demonstrate success and achievement
The awards honour those who demonstrate success and achievement from all parts of the rural economy, with winners receiving an Island-shaped wooden trophy, rosette and certificate.

To enter, businesses, individuals and organisations can nominate themselves, or be nominated by others.

The categories in the Isle of Wight Rural Awards 2020 are:

  • Wight Marque Food Business of the Year
  • Rural Tourism Business of the Year
  • Small Countryside Business of the Year (up to five employees)
  • Countryside Business of the Year (six or more employees)
  • An overall winner from the above four categories, receiving the Isle of Wight Rural Business of the Year award
  • Lifetime Achievement (to be chosen by the judges)
  • Rural Young Person of the Year (aged 26 and under).

Nominations windows is only open for a short period
The panel of judges is made up of CLA Isle of Wight Senior Adviser Cindy Betley, RIWAS’ Danny Horne and independent Chairman Robert Lovegrove.

Cindy Betley said:

“We are delighted to relaunch these awards as they celebrate the Island’s vibrant rural economy. But please hurry – the nominations windows is only open for a short period.”

Groves: A great way to celebrate qualities of Island’s rural economy
David Groves, Chairman of RIWAS, said:

“Building on last year’s competition we are delighted it will be possible to hold this year’s awards and we would encourage all rural businesses to enter.

“They are a great way to celebrate the qualities of the Island’s rural economy.”

To nominate please download by form by clicking here.

News shared by Michael on behalf of CLA. Ed

Friday, 11th September, 2020 10:55am



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Anyone for a formal gesture to mark the hypocrisy of Bob Seely in pretending to support British farming while doing the exact opposite?

Sally Perry

Keeping things on topic (a la House Rules) This article has nothing to do with Bob Seely. Perhaps you meant to comment on this article.


Apologies. No, I meant to comment on this one in the broader context of farming, and the specific one of Bob’s recent false show of support at farm shops. An awards ceremony involving RIWAS at which he might stage a photo op seems like an opportunity to call out hypocrisy. But, rules duly noted.