The British Farming Awards 2021 has welcomed a record number of nominations this year as industry professionals, colleagues and peers recognise the innovative work being done on farms from all sectors throughout Britain .
Fraser Galloway has been shortlisted as a 2021 Finalist in the Diversification Innovator of the Year category at the British Farming Awards. The award recognises his work in diversifying part of his family’s beef and sheep farm in Wigtownshire into seven luxury, heated, four-berth, en-suite wigwam cabins. Five of the cabins have their own electric hot tubs, providing a ‘hidden treasure’ countryside retreat away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.
Local MSP Emma Harper commented;
“Fraser Galloway, like many of our forward-thinking Scottish farmers, has worked proactively during extremely challenging times for the farming industry, to create a fantastic retreat with luxurious cabins offering a wonderful countryside escape.
“I have raised a motion in parliament to congratulate Fraser on his success in becoming a Finalist in this year’s British Farming Awards and wish him every success at the upcoming awards in October when the winners will be announced. I also wish Fraser and his family the very best of luck with the Wigtown Wigwam business which I am sure will be a grand success.”
Fraser Galloway of Wigtown Wigwam Holidays, said;
“I am honoured and slightly amazed to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award. My family and girlfriend have been extremely supportive and have all worked alongside me to build up a new business in tandem with the farm. I am proud to be the fourth generation to secure the future of our family farm and I appreciate the motion of support from Emma Harper MSP who visited us last year.”
Alongside farming’s core sectors including dairy, beef, sheep, arable and machinery, there is also a celebration of new entrants coming into the industry, the wealth of diversification businesses and family farms and recognition to the evolving presence of agri technology within agriculture.
New to this year is the Sustainability Innovator of the Year award, which has seen outstanding entries from dedicated farmers whose passion for enhancing and protecting the environment are commendable.
A further two awards – Outstanding Contribution to British Agriculture and Farmers Guardian Farming Hero – will be announced during the awards evening which will be held on Thursday, October 21 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham.
Organised by AgriBriefing, parent company of Farmers Guardian, Arable Farming and Dairy Farmer, the British Farming Awards is supported by Morrisons.
Now entering its ninth year, the British Farming Awards is a nationally recognised event which has celebrated, showcased and rewarded hundreds of British farmers who have successfully introduced innovation to drive their business forward, despite ever-increasing challenges.
Recognised as a year like no other, 2020 reminded the whole country of the role British farmers play in keeping the country fed and protecting the countryside, which now millions enjoy more than ever. The importance of food provenance and appreciation of local producers with a trust in farmers at an all time high, this year’s event is more poignant than ever.
Sophie Throup, Head of Agriculture, Fisheries and Sustainable Sourcing at Morrisons, said the awards was a welcome reminder of the dedication and hard work demonstrated by UK farmers all year round.
She said: “In these unprecedented times, we would like to thank and celebrate the work of British farmers and growers who are helping to feed the nation.
“At Morrisons, we have always valued British farming and the effort, innovation and skills which go into providing food farmed to the high standards that we all enjoy and is something we should be proud of.”
For more information on the awards and information on the finalists visit www.britishfarmingawards.co.uk/shortlist