AM and MP urge local community to get voting for The Countryside Alliance Awards

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM and Jonathan Edwards MP are urging the local community to get nominating, as the sixth annual Countryside Alliance Awards open to public nomination.

The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknames the ‘Rural Oscars’, were borne of a need to support and promote rural communities. They celebrate people going the extra mile to ensure that rural Wales’ food and farming industry, small businesses, traditional skills, forward-thinking enterprises and, most of all, its people, can flourish.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM said:

“I’m a great supporter of these Awards as they’re an excellent way of promoting local businessmen and women who are working hard to keep rural Wales ticking.

We are lucky in Carmarthenshire to not only have such high standard produce but to see such diversification. There are a lot of unique quality services, shops and businesses in the county and so many local heroes that deserve recognition for their contribution to rural life.”

Jonathan Edwards MP added:

“It would be great if the excellent businesses, individuals and services that we have on offer in the county were to be recognised through these awards. I am sure that there are a host of people and businesses throughout Carmarthenshire that could rival any other in the UK.

It would be great to highlight our local successes through these awards so get nominating!”

The Awards run across the following eight categories:

1. Local Food Award

2. Village Shop / Post Office Award

3. Enterprise Award

4. The Daily Telegraph Traditional Business Award

5. Butcher Award

6. Hunter Rural Hero (16 and over)

7. Hunter Rural Hero (15 and under)

8. Grassroots Award for the Countryside Alliance member who has done most to advance rural campaigning in 2010


Nominations are open online at and close Friday 22nd October. Regional judging will then take place. English regional and Scottish and Welsh national winners will be announced in early 2011 and invited to the grand final at the House of Lords on 30th March 2011., where overall British winners will be announced.

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