Tomintoul and Glenlivet in running for innovation award

Tomintoul and Glenlivet’s Rural Regeneration and Glenlivet Estate Development Project has been shortlisted for the Rural Innovators Award 2015-16 under the ‘Land’ Category. 

The project is one of three short-listed projects and its partners, including The Crown Estate, are hoping locals and visitors alike will get behind the remote highlands village and go online to vote.

Andy Wells, The Crown Estate’s Head of Countryside Management said: “The Crown Estate’s work to stimulate business activity and support a diverse rural economy at Glenlivet has spanned many years and has involved numerous pioneering and innovative projects. Our focus has been on the development of an extensive trail network for outdoor activities, investment in a wide range of cultural and natural heritage projects, and working closely in partnership with the local community, stakeholders and other agencies to support business development and establish the area as a tourist destination.

“We believe the best route to regeneration is to work with other organisations including the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Moray Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and local associations to support an engaged and active community that has the capacity and opportunity to be involved in decision-making and help initiate ideas which stimulate long-term investment. The Glenlivet Development Project has been a significant catalyst for innovation and investment in the area and we hope people will support us with their vote.”

The Rural Innovators Awards is run by the Scottish Rural Parliament and seeks to recognise and showcase some of the most innovative and effective ways in which rural challenges can be addressed. The awards will go to projects, individuals or organisations who are improving life in rural communities by tackling one of the priority challenges.

There are 12 categories including: communication, land, community council, young people and transport.

Scottish Rural Parliament, National Coordinator Emma Cooper said, “We are very excited to be able to start accepting votes for the Rural Innovators Award for land. Some incredible projects were nominated for the awards in this category and we would encourage people to vote for the one they find most innovative and inspirational.”

Voting opened on Monday and will run until midnight on August 31. You can vote for Tomintoul and Glenlivet Regeneration Project online at

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