A thriving Fife fruit farm and visitor attraction has scooped a top award in the Scottish Countryside Alliance award scheme.
John and Cameron Laird’s Cairnie Fruit Farm, which lies just to the north of Cupar, won the SCA Best Rural Enterprise Award in the scheme dubbed the “Rural Oscars”.
The accolade has come as a result of Cairnie’s ongoing diversification into new and exciting visitor attractions such as the hugely popular Maize Maze.
Cameron said yesterday that the firm is delighted to have received the award.
”We now get to represent Scotland at the House of Lords at Westminster at the
national Countryside Alliance Grand Awards ceremony in early March,” she said.
A business from just across the Tay, the Tayside based winery Cairn O’ Mohr, won the SCA Best Local Food Award.
The awards were presented by Scotland’s Enterprise Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP, at a special ceremony in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 8th April.
The Rural Oscars were presented across a range of categories to rural business and enterprises following nominations by customers and local communities.
Mr Ewing said at the ceremony that the Scottish Government is working with rural communities to build a prosperous, sustainable future for Scotland.
“We are doing all we can to promote our food and drink across the world and we are working with small businesses to offer the most supportive business environment possible.
“People in rural areas are more economically active than in the rest of Scotland. With a higher proportion of self employment and proportions of family owned businesses the entrepreneurial spirit is there for all to see.
“The importance of successful businesses in rural areas cannot be underestimated. The benefits spread across communities helping them become more resilient and confident to face future challenges and to take up new opportunities as they emerge,” said the minister.
Ross Montague, Director of the SCA, said that the organisation had been delighted by the high standard of nominations made by members of the public, local councillors and community councils from all over Scotland.
The full list of winners, highly commended and finalists is as follows:
SCA BEST LOCAL FOOD AWARD
Cairn O’Mohr Fruit Wines, Errol, Perthshire = WINNER
A Taste of Galloway, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire = HIGHLY COMMENDED
The Store, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. = HIGHLY COMMENDED
SCA BEST VILLAGE SHOP / POST OFFICE AWARD
Kirkmichael Village Shop, Kirkmichael, Perthshire = WINNER
Ardfern Village Store, Lochgilphead, Argyll = FINALIST
Cockburnspath Post Office, Co’path, Berwickshire = FINALIST
SCA BEST BUTCHER AWARD
Charles Macleod Ltd, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis = WINNER
George Bower Butcher, Edinburgh = FINALIST
SCA BEST RURAL ENTERPRISE AWARD
Cairnie Fruit Farm, Cupar, Fife = WINNER
Leadburn Manor, Leadburn, Midlothian = FINALIST
Spencerfield Spirit, Inverkeithing, Fife = FINALIST