MP calls for local nominations to ‘Rural Oscars’

North East Hampshire MP Ranil Jayawardena has called on constituents to nominate their local country champions for the ‘Rural Oscars’.

Nominations for the Countryside Alliance Awards 2020 – which recognises excellence in rural heritage, produce, and enterprise – opened on Monday 9th September.

Mr Jayawardena said:

“North East Hampshire has some incredible farmers, producers, butchers, pubs, and shops; all of which really demonstrate the best of rural living.

“I’d love for them all to get the recognition they deserve so, if there’s a local business making a difference in your area, why not nominate them for a Countryside Alliance Award?”

The seven award categories are:

  • Local Food/Drink
  • Village Shop/Post Office 
  • Butcher
  • Rural Enterprise
  • Pub
  • Game Champion 
  • and the Clarissa Dickson Wright Award – which centres on her belief in campaigning, educating and prioritising slow food, taste, quality, and support for farmers and producers.

Nominations close on 8th December 2019 ahead of a grand final at the House of Lords in June 2020.

To nominate online, visit: