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Helping It Happen Awards 2018

People across Scotland are being urged to highlight the work done by local estates and land-based businesses to help their surrounding communities flourish, as nominations for the Helping It Happen Awards 2018 get underway.

Following a successful inaugural year in 2017, Scottish Land & Estates has declared the Helping It Happen Awards 2018 open for business. The national Awards, which aim to recognise the role of estates, farms and rural businesses in enabling and supporting success in rural areas, will once again be sponsored by The MacRobert Trust, with entries being considered in the following nine categories:

  • Rural Business Award
  • Tourism Award
  • Rural Housing Award
  • Education Award
  • MacRobert Trust Award for Working with Communities
  • Conservation Award
  • The Iver Salvesen Green Business Award
  • Innovation in Farming Award
  • Enhancing Our Environment Award

To nominate, people are being asked to share how their local estate, farm or rural business has made a positive contribution to their area. Entries can be submitted here before the closing date of 13 July 2018.

Entries for the Helping it Happen Awards 2018 will be reviewed by an independent judging panel with three finalists selected in each category. The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony which will take place at The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh on 3 October 2018.

Parliamentarians meet local farming representatives

Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield MP have met with local representatives of the National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) for any update on topical issues, including the potential implications of Brexit for farmers in East Lothian.

The county politicians met with Willie Thomson and Kelvin Pate at Wheatrig Farm. One of the matters discussed was Steps for Change, NFU Scotland’s discussion document on the need for a new agricultural policy for Scotland ahead of Brexit.

Speaking after the visit Iain Gray MSP said:

Farming remains a crucial part of East Lothian’s economy and I try and have regular meetings with local farmers’ representatives. NFU Scotland does a fantastic job representing farmers and standing up for rural interests and it was good to catch up with Willie and Kelvin.

This meeting was an opportunity to discuss a number of important factors which are set to affect farming here and across Scotland, not least the uncertainty around Brexit. The Steps for Change discussion document highlights a range of important issues NFUS feels are necessary for developing a bold Scottish agricultural policy for the future.”

Martin Whitfield MP said:

East Lothian’s agricultural sector is such an important part of the local economy and jobs. The sector currently faces many challenges, including adapting to life outside the European Union, and I was pleased to meet with Willie and Kelvin to talk about some of these issues.

Nearly two years on from the vote to exit the EU, many important questions remain unclear. NFUS has been proactive in ensuring the voice of farmers is heard and they are at the forefront of shaping the future of the agricultural sector. I will continue to listen to their concerns and speak up for the sector’s interests in parliament.”

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2018 ‘HELPING IT HAPPEN’ RURAL AWARDS

People across East Lothian are being urged to highlight the work done by local estates and land-based businesses to help their surrounding communities flourish, as nominations for the Helping It Happen Awards 2018 get underway.

Following a successful inaugural year in 2017, Scottish Land & Estates has declared the Helping It Happen Awards 2018 open for business. The national awards, which aim to recognise the role of estates, farms and rural businesses in enabling and supporting success in rural areas, will once again be sponsored by The MacRobert Trust, with entries being considered in the following nine categories:

  • Rural Business Award
  • Tourism Award
  • Rural Housing Award
  • Education Award
  • MacRobert Trust Award for Working with Communities
  • Conservation Award
  • The Iver Salvesen Green Business Award
  • Innovation in Farming Award
  • Enhancing Our Environment Award

    To nominate, people are being asked to share how their local estate, farm or rural business has made a positive contribution to their area.  Entries can be submitted via the Helping It Happen website – www.helpingithappen.co.uk – before the closing date of 13 July 2018.

    To celebrate the launch of the 2018 awards, David Johnstone, Chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, visited Luss Estates at Loch Lomond.  Together with Drimnin Estate, Luss Estates were joint-winners of the Rural Business category at the 2017 Helping It Happen Awards.

    David Johnstone said:

    “We want to highlight and celebrate the significant positive contribution land-based businesses make in rural areas throughout Scotland – in particular, the ways in which they add value to the local economy and the environment for the wider benefit of the community.  We were incredibly pleased with the success of the augural awards in 2017 and are building on this in 2018 through the creation of additional categories to celebrate innovation in farming and environmental enhancement.

    “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.”

    Simon Miller, Luss Estates Chief Executive Officer said:

    “Our main task is to preserve and enhance the area for future generations. Crucial steps in order to achieve this are to provide economic and employment opportunities and create new family housing. This is at the forefront of what we do, by investing in and developing our own enterprises, and encouraging others to invest in the local area and live here.”

    Entries for the Helping it Happen Awards 2018 will be reviewed by an independent judging panel with three finalists selected in each category.  The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony which will take place at The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh on 3 October 2018.

NC500 Solo Tractor Journey Raises Over £4,000 for RSABI

An East Lothian farmer who took on the NC500 route in a tractor last month has raised a total of £4313.75 for RSABI’s ‘Help us help them’ campaign.

John Meikle, of Hoprig Mains, near Gladsmuir, spent three days in June driving a brand new Massey Ferguson around the NC500 route in the Highlands of Scotland in order to raise valuable funds for RSABI.

The NC500 is an iconic route, measuring just over 500 miles in the North Highlands and showcasing stunning coastal scenery, castles, beaches and ruins. The clockwise route follows the main roads around the coast through places including Ullapool, Durness, John O’ Groats and Durness. Kicking off the journey at Inverness Castle on June 13th, John completed the route in 22 hours, returning into the grounds of Inverness Castle at midday on June 15th.

The unique solo-driving journey was undertaken by 62-year-old John in order to raise awareness of RSABI and their recently launched ‘Help us help them’ campaign. A unique Scottish charity that supports people who have worked in agriculture, crofting and other land based industries and are now experiencing hardship, RSABI has strong roots in the North of Scotland, where many beneficiaries are currently experiencing hard time, and receive financial support.

John Meikle had the following to say about his 500-mile journey:

“Spending three days driving the NC500 route was a totally different tractor driving environment than the ones I’m used to! It was a wonderful experience, and I’m proud that I was able to raise over £4,000 to support RSABI and all the brilliant work that they do across the country.”

Dawn Edward, RSABI Development Officer, added:

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with John along his journey, and we’re incredibly grateful for the donation he has made to RSABI. Usually people take on the NC500 route in a car or on a bike, but John could well be one of the first people to complete it in a tractor!”

She continued:

“The RSABI ‘Help us help them’ campaign provides critical support to a lot of people who have worked within land based industries, and now require varying levels of support, and John’s journey has made a welcome contribution to the cause.”

 

Farmer Takes on 500 Mile Solo Tractor Journey for Charity

RSABI NC500An East Lothian farmer is going to tackle the North Coast 500 route in a unique way in order to support RSABI’s ‘Help us help them’ campaign. Instead of travelling by car or bicycle, he will be doing the whole thing in a tractor.

John Meikle, from Hoprig Mains, a family farming business, will be driving a brand new Massey Ferguson tractor supplied by Ancroft Tractors all the way around the North Coast of Scotland between the 13th and 15th of June.

Aiming to drive all the hours of daylight that the Northern Highlands will provide at this time of year, John has set himself the ambitious target of completing the journey within three days. He is hoping to complete the route, pulling in to the grounds of Inverness Castle, on the afternoon of Wednesday 15th June.

The North Coast 500 is an iconic route measuring just over 500 miles in the North Highlands. It is Scotland’s answer to Route 66, showcasing stunning rugged coastal scenery, castles, beaches and ruins. The clockwise route follows the main roads across the coastal edges of the North Highlands taking in villages and towns in places such as Ullapool, Durness, John O’Groats, and Dornoch.

This unique solo driving journey is being undertaken by 62 year-old John as he seeks to raise awareness and valuable funds for RSABI, Scotland’s charity that supports people who have worked in agriculture, crofting and other land based industries and who are now experiencing hardship. RSABI has strong roots in the North of Scotland where many rural people are currently experiencing hard times.

John had the following to say about his endeavour:

“I have spent many hours driving tractors for a living over the years, and I couldn’t resist this fantastic opportunity to support the RSABI ‘Help us help them’ campaign during such tough times for agriculture and crofting.”

He continued:

“The new route in the North Highlands is an inspiring one and I hope my wee challenge in this big red tractor will encourage many people to come forward and donate funds to such a worthwhile cause!”

Paul Tinson from RSABI added:

“We’re so grateful to John for going out of his way to raise much needed funds for RSABI and our ‘Help us help them’ campaign. Driving 500 miles in three days will be no picnic in a tractor and we hope as many people as possible will come forward and back his tremendous effort.”

You can donate to John’s North Coast 500 Tractor Drive for RSABI at www.virginmoneygiving.com/NC500RSABI and follow his progress on Twitter @RSABI and on Facebook during a few inspiring days in June.

RSABI and NFU Scotland joint Yester farm visit

RSABI and NFU Scotland invite you to Yester Farm Dairies Limited to tour the new cheese plant.

Wednesday 11 May 2016 from 6 – 8pm
Yester Mains Farm, Gifford, Haddington, EH41 4JG
Supper provided in return for a small donation
All welcome!

This on-farm event will take place between 6pm and 8pm and there will be a supper available in return for a small donation.
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All are welcome so please tell family and friends about what is sure to be an enjoyable evening.

So that we have an idea of numbers for catering purposes, please register your interest with either Dawn Edward on dawn.edward@rsabi.org.uk or 0131 472 4166 or Kerry Barr on kerry.barr@nfus.org.uk or 07780 441750.