The winners of the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society and CLA’s Rural Awards 2023 have been crowned.
They recognise those individuals and businesses who represent the very best of rural achievement on the Isle of Wight.
The winners of this year’s awards, announced at the Royal Isle of Wight County Show, are:
Rural Business of the Year:
A.E. Brown (Farms) Ltd
Rural Young Person of the Year:
Winner – Scott Powell
Finalists – Sian Grove, Ryan Whitewood, Tallulah Shepherdly
Wight Marque Food Business of the Year:
Winner – A.E Brown/Harvey Browns
Finalists – IW Meat Co, Godshill Orchards, IW Ice Cream Company
Rural Tourism Business of the Year:
Winner – A & C Hodgson
Finalists – IOW Donkey Sanctuary, Godshill Orchards, Nettlecombe Farm
Small Countryside Business of the Year:
Winner – The Island Jam Company
Finalists – The Best Dressed Crab, Warren Boats
Countryside Business of the Year
Winner – Isle of Wight Grain
Finalists – Wight Vets, Nettlecombe Farm, Calbourne Classics, A & C Hodgson, IOW Donkey Sanctuary.
In addition, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award was won by Dickie and Judi Griffin.
The awards honour those who demonstrate success and achievement from all parts of the Island’s rural economy, and celebrates the breadth and depth of the rural sector.
The panel of judges were made up of Gill Kennett from the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society, Cindy Betley representing the CLA, and Danny Horne, Chairman of the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society.
Tim Bamford, Regional Director of CLA South East which represents farmers, landowners and rural businesses across the island, said: “Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who took part – the standard of entries was very high this year.
“The CLA is proud to support rural businesses on the island, as they are the lifeblood of communities and help feed the nation, look after the environment and support jobs and the wider economy.”