Vote for your favourite rural hero

NOMINATIONS have opened for the annual ‘Rural Oscars’.

The Countryside Alliance Awards aim to celebrate communities, produce, enterprise and rural heritage.

And members of the public nominate and vote for the winners across five categories — local food, village shop/post office, enterprise, butcher and rural hero.

Previous local winners have included The Country Barn Farm Shop in Widdrington and Belsay Post Office and Shop.

Awards Director Jill Grieve said: “The awards have been nicknamed The Rural Oscars and they really do have a feel-good factor that gives a boost to everyone involved.

“I would urge everyone who supports our farmers, businesses and communities to have their say and nominate their favourites.

“Those who live and work in rural Britain face unique challenges and it is our privilege to honour them.”

Nominations can be made at www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk until late October.