Lantra launches its land-based and aquaculture learner awards –

Lantra launches its land-based and aquaculture learner awards Published:  25 September, 2012

The Lantra Awards are one of the highlights of the land-based and aquaculture industries’ year as they recognise  and reward achievement by individuals across the sector from game-keeping to horticulture, forestry, equine, aquaculture and, of course, agriculture.

Lantra will be celebrating its 10th annual awards ceremony at Crieff Hydro, Perthshire, Scotland, on 28th November 2013, when all the usual individual awards will be presented, but next year will also include the inaugural Land-based School Project of the Year Award, which will reward the school which has delivered the best rural skills project during the year.

There are currently 43 schools in Scotland delivering a rural skills syllabus and many of them already nominate individuals for the existing Skills for Work Award. However, the independent panel of judges, chaired by Peter Alexander, Mains of Mause, Blairgowrie, felt that sometimes it was difficult for schools to single out individuals and they decided to recognise the achievement of the whole school and all the people involved in delivering some excellent projects, often with the help and input of local colleges.

Peter said: “Young people are the future of our industry and often that spark is ignited at school, as judges involved in land-based industries, we want to encourage them to pursue a career within this sector.  The Lantra Land-based School Project of the Year Award will recognise the school which has delivered a meaningful rural project by implementing pupils’ ideas and skills. The judges will take into account how the project has or will benefit the participants, the school, the local community and the environment.”

The Award has attracted a five-year sponsorship deal from the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS). The winning school will receive £500 to benefit the pupils involved in the project.

Allan Murray, Chairman of RHASS, commented: “RHASS is delighted to lend its backing to the inaugural Schools Award which, we believe, will enhance the work undertaken by the Society to inspire innovation, excellence and achievement in agriculture and land-based industries.   We are confident that this award will provide an additional incentive for schools to embrace this learning opportunity and to deliver the aspirations of future generations.”

Nominations are currently being sought for all the Awards, including the new Schools Project and Willie Fergusson, National Director of Lantra Scotland, encouraged employers, training providers and schools to put forward their candidates before the 24 November deadline. Forms can be downloaded from

For more information about the Awards contact