Volunteer army tops award list

Sheldon Cameron, Fraser Johnston, Christine Bell and Fred MacAulay
Sheldon Cameron, Fraser Johnston, Christine Bell and Fred MacAulay

A Falkirk conservation group is celebrating following a win at the 2017 Scottish Rural Awards.

Communities Along The Carron Association (CATCA) won the conservation and environment category for a second year running with the judging panel praising the grass roots volunteer group’s commitment and dedication to the regeneration of the River Carron and surrounding areas for the benefit of local residents.

The Scottish Rural Awards are the benchmark of success in Scotland’s countryside, highlighting the enterprise, skill and innovation of those who live and work in rural areas.

Richard Bath, editor of Scottish Field, commented: “More than ever, Scotland’s rural communities are displaying a quite remarkable amount of energy, innovation and imagination as they diversify existing businesses and create new and exciting opportunities from scratch.

“As a magazine we are constantly writing about the rural entrepreneurs who are bringing wealth and jobs to the countryside, so it’s exciting for us to be able to honour the men and women who are doing so much to make the economy of rural Scotland a success.”