DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY LEADER RURAL AWARDS 2019
On Thursday 5th December 2019, over 150 guests gathered at GG’s Yard, the rural venue of excellence, near Gatehouse of Fleet for the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Rural Awards 2019. The event, hosted by Cathy Agnew on behalf of the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Local Action Group, was set up to celebrate the achievements of local projects funded by the 2014 – 2020 LEADER Programme Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
Following an application process, fifteen local projects from the current programme were shortlisted and hosted a visit from an independent judge in August. Given the significant impact of LEADER funding in Dumfries & Galloway over the years, two additional awards were also introduced for 2019; the Legacy Award and the Shining Light Award. Both awards were created to recognise the long-term success of LEADER funded projects and to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of individuals within our communities.
All shortlisted projects and individuals were represented at the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Rural Awards where the winner of each award was revealed.
Professor Sarah Skerratt from SRUC delivered the keynote address on rural development on the night.
Nicola Hill, Professor Sarah Skerratt, Peter Ross and Cathy Agnew pictured above at GG’s Yard near Gatehouse of Fleet.
Jo Gallant from Jo Gallant Textile Studios was commissioned to design and produce the awards, which saw one large textile masterpiece shared between seven winners.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FINALISTS AND WINNERS
AND A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS, JUDGES AND PARTNERS.
Credit: Awards photography by Mike Bolam Photography