BALE Award

Best Alternative Land Enterprise 2017

 Open to farmers in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. 

 To enter the competition please complete and return a copy of the entry form. 

BALE Award 2017 Entry Form 


The BALE Award is kindly Sponsored by 



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 26th 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.


 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.

About Ashtons Legal

Ashtons are delighted to be sponsors of the award since its inception in 1992, during which time the profile of the award has grown to become the region’s premier diversification competition. As a business that has supported numerous clients through the diversification process, it is invaluable to us to reward the many and varied enterprises that enter.  The competition has gone from strength to strength since it started in 1992. As Partners we look forward to seeing new and old entrants take part and rewarding the hard work and dedication shown by those who undertake such imaginative and worthwhile ventures. 

Ashtons has a long history of working in Agricultural Law and is well established in the region. For legal, business and tax advice for farmers and landowners contact Jonathan Long, Head of Agriculture and Estates on 01284 762331 or email. Ashtons Legal is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (Recognised Body Number: 402109).