Our rural communities are innovative, resilient and making a huge difference for themselves. The Rural Innovators Award is for a project, person or organisation which is improving life in rural communities by tackling one of our key topics. The more innovative the project, the better!
Voting is now closed!
Winners so far…
Communication Winner: Lothian Broadband Networks Ltd.
The project has evolved immensely over its ten year existence, technologically and organisationally, overcoming many hurdles in the process. They provide a solution to many who have found themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide, a bridge to the modern world. Even more are waiting for them to complete our infrastructure so that they too can leave behind slow or no internet connectivity. Their project is at an historical peak of evolution and expansion.
Land Winner: The Rockfield Centre in Oban
Oban Communities Trust was established not just to save a building but to offer sustainable activity that supports not just the site but the whole area. The Rockfield Centre – at the heart of a creative community provides opportunites for all to learn, entertain, grow and socialise in a “Hub” which the community identified as being required for not just this generation but many generations to come.
Transport and Infrastructure Winner: Mull and Iona Sustainable Transport (MIST)
Working together, Mull and Iona sustainable transport and Mull and Iona Community Trust with funding from the Climate Challenge Fund are changing the view of island life. They aim not to be ‘fragile’, ‘vulnerable’ and ‘disadvantaged’ but more sustainable, efficient and advanced! Making it possible for people of any age and background to live and enjoy life in a beautiful, remote, offshore location without barriers that once existed. Accessing green technology, using lift-sharing schemes and working together with community transport to provide a more holistic and sustainable transport system will help us and help the environment by reducing CO2 emissions, travel cost and allow us to access our islands more freely, ultimately preserving the environment that we love.
Food and Drink Winner: Mull and Iona Food Trail
We are working with Mull and Iona producers (farmers, crofters, fishermen, growers and makers) in promoting the delicious food and drink made, grown and caught here – to encourage residents, chefs and restaurants to use more local produce, and to enhance the eating experiences for local residents and visitors to the islands.