As our national final is just under a month away, we think it is the perfect time to get to know the businesses vying for our coveted national awards. Over the next few weeks we will be taking a look at each of our twelve categories in turn, from Best Rural Start Up all the way through to the Triumph Over Adversity award.
Each national finalist has already won the award for their category in their own region. We think they’re all fantastic rural businesses, but who will our judges declare to be the cream of the crop?
Find out more about each of the business in with a chance of winning the national Best Rural Diversification Project Award below. The Best Rural Diversification Project Award is sponsored by Fisher German.
Clynfyw Care Farm – Wales & Northern Ireland Region
Clynfyw supports vulnerable people on the farm using meaningful land-based and creative projects for engagement, fun, empowerment and learning. These include growing vegetables, re-housing ex-caged hens, a small outdoor pig unit, charcoal making, community apple juicing, choir, drama, swimming, footy, ocean-guardianship and repairing scrapped wheelchairs and mobility aids which are sent to their partner groups in South Africa and India.
They support people with learning disabilities who live semi-independently in converted farm buildings and also welcome people on ‘respite’ stays to give their families a break and to help them build their independent living skills for the future.
Corkers Crisps Ltd – East Region
Corkers hand-prepare a fabulous, quality, great tasting vegetable and potato crisp range by employing the very best people and using terrific local vegetables wherever possible for people with discerning tastes; they bring quality, fun, passion, creativity, flavour and innovation to the snack market.
Producing under their iconic brand they love their farm to packet story and are delighted to be based on a sixth generation farm. They also proudly produce products for other companies too.
Hall Farm Park – Midlands Region
Hall Farm Park is a family-run tourist attraction set on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Visitors are welcome to meet the friendly animals, including goats which can be taken for a walk, lambs to bottle feed and a tractor ride to meet and feed the cattle.
Onsite there are also indoor and outdoor play areas, to cater for all ages, including crazy golf and a fully heated play barn that ensure all weather fun.
The Select Lincolnshire Award-winning tearoom serves a range of home made and locally made produce suitable for all dietary requirements. School visits and birthday parties are welcomed. Hall Farm Park is the perfect family day out.
Spilmans – North Region
Spilmans are mixed farmers, harvesting in every season across their two farms, a total of 650 acres. They start lambing their 450-ewe flock in early March and then go straight into asparagus picking in late April. In June begins pick-your-own soft fruits season – starting with strawberries and shortly followed by raspberries, gooseberries, apples, plums and blackberries, finishing in September. Spilmans hold their Halloween Festival between October and November with pick-your-own pumpkins and squashes. The cafe and farm shop business support the farm all year round and provide additional income in November and December though extra events.
The Grey Sheep Co. – South East Region
The Grey Sheep Co. is unique in the UK, specialising in producing high quality, hand dyed, super soft British knitting yarns from their own fine wool flocks, reared on the small family farm. Sheared at Christmas by Susie, the shepherdess, to ensure premium quality fibre, then housed until the warmer weather comes. Each fleece is hand sorted before being washed in Yorkshire and spun at two small British family mills. Then the wool finally heads back to the farm to be hand dyed, before being shipped throughout the UK and the rest of the world.
Wadswick Country Store – South West Region
Wadswick Country Store started 35 years ago selling potatoes, wheat for chickens and oats for horses, and has grown into one of the biggest independent country stores in the UK. They sell everything country folk or their animals could need.
Wadswick Country Store stocks a large range of Animal Feeds, Country Clothing, Guns, Cartridges, Country Giftware and has on site Catering. They have recently added an Indoor Shooting Simulator.
The business has always been about adding value to the farms production. The owners have built the store’s reputation on the high level of service you would expect from a family business.
Which business will be triumphant? Find out on 27th February! We’ll be posting the results on our Twitter and Facebook channels, so you can follow along there. All that’s left is to wish the very best of luck to the businesses vying for the Fisher German-sponsored National Best Rural Diversification Project Award, as well as all of our other national finalists.
To see the full list of finalists or find more information on the National Final, go to www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk/national
If you think your business has a shot at winning Best Rural Diversification Project, or one of our other awards, why not enter the 2020/21 Rural Business Awards? Learn more at www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk/enter-2020