Helping It Happen

Our campaign to highlight how landowners and rural businesses across Scotland play a key role in helping rural Scotland thrive

Helping It Happen Winners

Helping It Happen

HIH LogoHelping It Happen Awards

Our national Helping It Happen Awards recognise the role of estates, farms and rural businesses in enabling and supporting success in country areas helping rural Scotland thrive. The overall awards are generously supported by headline sponsor The MacRobert Trust.

Our 2019 Awards were a great success with a glitzy ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel. We want to extend our gratitude to our winners, everyone who entered, sponsors and all those who made the event the success it was.

Greater detail on our individual winners can be found through the links at the end of this article following the summary below. If you’re interested in entering our 2020 Helping It Happen Awards, please note your interest by contacting us at and we will keep you up to date.


Helping It Happen 2019 Winners

Winner of the Tourism Award sponsored by GLMThe Scourie Hotel, Lairg for investing in a complete coastal tourism experience to benefit visitors and the environment.

Winner of the Rural Business Award sponsored by Turcan ConnellOgilvy Spirits, Hatton of Ogilvy Farm, Forfar for supporting local businesses and rural education throughout their impressive business developments.

Winner of the Rural Housing Award sponsored by VeluxInverbroom Estate, Garve for dedication to sympathetic period restorations and providing housing for local families.

Winner of the Conservation Award sponsored by Anderson StrathernSaving Scotland’s Red Squirrels for the Developing Community Action initiative to involve local communities in their vital conservation work. 

Winner of the Education Award sponsored by LycettsDumfries House, Ayrshire for their outdoor training and learning experiences that promote life skills and personal development.

Winner of the Iver Salvesen Green Business Award: Lochrosque and Kinlochewe Estates, Wester Ross for creating multiple green energy sources throughout a diverse estate business.

Winner of the Working With Communities Award sponsored by The MacRobert TrustThe Ayrshire Food Hub for their inspiring outreach work teaching valuable skills to local youngsters.

Joint-winners of the Innovation in Farming Award sponsored by Douglas Home & Co: Sweethope Farm, Kelso for their long-term dedication to research and improving farming methods; and Durie Farms, Leven for persistent work to challenge and improve arable farming practises.

Winner of the Enhancing Our Environment Award sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage: Lochrosque and Kinlochewe Estates, Wester Ross for their sympathetic approach to managing diverse habitats to benefit both land and wildlife.

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