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Isle of Wight Rural Awards

Logo of the CLAThe CLA and the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society have announced the return of their prestigious awards celebrating rural work and life on the Island

The awards were first launched in 2018 and honour those who go the extra mile to support the rural economy, from food and drink producers to tourism businesses.

These awards recognise those individuals and businesses who represent the very best of rural achievement on the Isle of Wight.

Applications for 2022 are now open with the following catagories:

  • Rural Business of the Year – awarded to the rural business, from any sector or size, who exemplifies the Island’s rural sector and has made a significant contribution to the Isle of Wight. Selected from the winners in each of the four business categories:
    • Wight Marque Food Business – awarded to the Wight Marque business which has contributed the most to profile and promote the Isle of Wight as a quality food destination
    • Rural Tourism Business – awarded to the tourism business which has contributed the most to the Island’s rural tourism sector
    • Countryside Small Business – awarded to any type of business employing 5 or fewer people.
    • Countryside Business - awarded to any type of business employing 6 or more people.
  • Rural Young Person of the Year – awarded to the young person aged 26 or under who lives, works or has a connection to the Isle of Wight countryside and has made a valued contribution to the rural sector.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – awarded to the person who it is considered has contributed greatly to the rural sector over a sustained period of time. This category is not open to nominations, with the nominees and winner chosen by the judging panel. This may not be awarded each year.

An application form can be downloaded below.

Please complete the application form and give as much detail as possible about why you think the person or business you have nominated should receive the award. You can nominate yourself, or others, and do so in more than one category if you wish.

Nominations close on 25th May 2022.

If you have any enquiries, please contact RIWAS on 0845 226 9098 or

Nomination Form


The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by Defra and the EU.
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.