Have local estates and land-based businesses helped your community flourish?
If so, you are encouraged to share your stories as nominations for the 2019 Helping It Happen Awards.
Organised by Scottish Land & Estates, the awards aim to recognise the role of estates, farms and rural businesses in enabling and supporting success in rural areas helping rural Scotland thrive.
Last year, Dunvegan Castle won the Tourism Award, helping place the Highlands and Islands on the rural award winners map.
David Johnstone, Chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: "I am delighted to launch the 2019 Helping it Happen Awards. Last year we saw a third of our winners coming from the Highlands and Islands which was not only impressive but also encouraging in terms of giving the region the recognition it deserves for its contribution to a vibrant rural Scotland.
"We want to highlight and celebrate the significant positive contribution land-based businesses make in rural areas throughout rural Scotland – in particular, the ways in which they add value to support the local economy and the environment for the wider benefit of they provide environmental benefits for the wider community. We're were incredibly pleased proud with the success of 2017 and 2018 awards of the success of the awards over the past 2 years, and look forward to recognising and rewarding even more worthy businesses this year.
"We urge people up and down the country to submit their entries for this year's awards - the quality of entries last year was exceptional, and we are looking forward to receiving this year's crop of stories. I am sure the judges will have a tough task in narrowing down the shortlist once entries close in July this year."
Image shows L to R: Michael Strang Steel, Estate Manager, Philiphaugh Estate, David Johnstone, Chairman of Scottish Land and Estates and Rachel Coyle, representing Tweed Forum.