Rural projects up for awards

The Dumfries and Galloway LEADER local action group has announced its shortlisted projects which will appear in a fourth Good Practice Guide to be produced by the local rural development programme.

The guide will be launched at the prestigious Rural Awards ceremony in November. Five independent expert judges from outwith the region will announce the shortlisted project from their category which they feel deserves special recognition.

The local action group was impressed with the high level of entries for this year’s Rural Awards. It had the unenviable task of shortlisting 15 projects and six Rural Community Champions from the many entries submitted in six categories.

All of the shortlisted projects will appear in the Good Practice Guide as examples of best practice projects supported by LEADER. Rural Community Champions have been selected and will also appear celebrating the invaluable work carried out in our rural communities by talented, committed individuals. Both projects and community champions will be recognised at the awards ceremony on November 15 at the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries.

The shortlisted projects are:

Wealthier & Fairer Scotland – Flavour Fortnight 2011; Spring Fling – Springboard Project; St Ninian’s Hall Development Plan. Smarter Scotland – Queensberry Initiative – Enterprise and Employability Project; Savour the Flavours of Dumfries & Galloway II; Taking the Classroom to the Countryside. Healthier Scotland – D&G Good Neighbours; Making the Most of the Moorland; Mull of Galloway Trail. Safer & Stronger Scotland – Dundrennan Jubilee Garden; Tynron Parish Hall Renovation; Xcel Project – Why Try?. Greener Scotland – Carbon Busters Clusters; Crook of Baldoon Nature Reserve; Making the Most of the Coast. Rural Community Champions – Ann Botel (Crocketford); Alice Campbell (Dundrennan); Cathy Agnew (New Galloway); Jo Miller (Annan); Ron Forster (Gatehouse); Larry Lamont & Jerry Slater (Kirkcudbright).