A member of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) in Suffolk has been rewarded for her outstanding loyalty and service after winning the CLA President’s Award 2020.
Caroline Cranbrook was recognised for her continuous support and dedication to the CLA, which represents 30,000 rural businesses across England and Wales.
Over the years, Caroline has regularly represented the CLA at a number of meetings and committees, offering insight and advice on agricultural issues. She joins two other members in receiving the award this year.
The Countess of Cranbrook, from Saxmundham, became an active member of the CLA in the 1970s, joining the Suffolk Branch Committee, as well as sitting on the Agriculture & Land Use Committee in London.
Responding to the award Lady Cranbrook said: “The President’s Award is a great honour – and also a great pleasure to receive such an accolade from the organisation which has been an important part of my life ever since I came to live in Suffolk in 1970 and became a farmer – and later on a campaigner on rural issues.
“Throughout, the CLA has been an unfailing source of helpful advice and support. It is a truly remarkable organisation, informing, advising and bringing together so many different people with such varying interests, but all united by their love of the land and the prosperity of the countryside.”
CLA President Mark Bridgeman, who judged the awards for the first time, said:
“Our members work extremely hard to champion, protect and enhance the rural economy, and the President’s Award is a great way of showing our appreciation to those who go the extra mile.
“This year’s winners have shown tremendous dedication to the CLA over the years and deserve this recognition.
“They are all worthy winners and it will be a great honour to congratulate them during our AGM.”
The two other CLA members to be recognised with a CLA President’s Award are Professor Allan Buckwell who sits on the Kent Branch Committee and the National Policy Committee and Jim Webster who sits on the Cumbria Branch committee and Agriculture and Land Use.