Rural education innovators urged to enter Helping It Happen Awards

Bell Ingram’s Managing Partner Mark Mitchell is encouraging rural businesses across Scotland to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Duffus Estate and enter the Education category at this year’s Helping It Happen Awards.

The annual awards, which are organised by rural business organisation Scottish Land & Estates, are free to enter and will showcase the work done in 2020/21 by businesses, farms and estates to help rural Scotland thrive during a difficult year.

Bell Ingram is once again teed up to sponsor the Education category, won in 2020 by family-run Duffus Estate. Judges were impressed by the Earthtime’s Forest School Nursery at Duffus which aims to have the children outside for at least 80% of the time. The youngsters grow vegetables which they then harvest and eat in their own meals at lunchtime. Earthtime was also chosen to be an educational hub during lockdown and provided 18 weeks of emergency childcare provision for 36 children of key workers or vulnerable families.

Says Mark: “Together Bell Ingram and Scottish Land and Estates want to recognise champions of rural education, so that future generations grow up knowing more about farming and the countryside and what it delivers as well as nurturing a lifelong interest in the natural world.

“Duffus Estate was a very worthy winner last year and I know that the judges are looking forward to seeing an equally high standard of entries this year as we celebrate the very best initiatives across the sector, whether on-farm, in the classroom, or even online.”

The 2021 Helping it Happen Awards categories are:

The awards close to entries on 4th August and winners will be announced at a live virtual ceremony on 27th October 2021. To view last year’s winning entries or make a nomination please visit

Article posted on 30/03/2021

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