BALE Award

Best Alternative Land Enterprise 2016

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The Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA) in partnership with sponsors Ashton Legal solicitors will be judging the competitors for the prestigious Best Alternative Land Enterprise (BALE) award, now in its 25th year.

Open to all farm businesses throughout Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex with buildings or land on their farms, the annual award is the only one of its type in the region and recognises and rewards imaginative and commercial alternative non-agricultural uses of the land and positive effects on the local economy. Previous winners have included a cheese making enterprise, log cabin holiday accommodation, a wedding and outdoor event venue, as well a farm shop, care home and a nursery.

This year the judges are, Jonathan Long, Partner and Head of Agriculture and Estates at Ashton Legal, John Wall, President of the SAA, and Ruth French, a Director of last year’s winning enterprise, Stowlangtoft Healthcare LLP.  The judging will take place on 19 and 20 September.

The first prize is the Ashton KCJ Challenge Cup and £2,000 of legal advice, the second prizewinner and the Best Newcomer both receive £1,000 of legal advice and there is a £500 legal health check for the Best “Green Practice,” all of whom will be announced during the Annual Agricultural Awards dinner to be held at Trinity Park on Thursday October 20. All entrants receive two complimentary tickets to attend the event.