BALE Award

Best Alternative Land Enterprise 2018

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

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

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Click here to download a copy of the entry form.   

The BALE Award is kindly Sponsored by 

The Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA) in partnership with sponsors Ashton Legal solicitors is calling for entries for its prestigious Best Alternative Land Enterprise (BALE) award.

Open to all farm businesses throughout Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex with buildings or land on their farms.  Entries are judged on their creative, commercial and practical merits and contribution to the local economy.

Previous entrants include: wedding venues, holiday accommodation, meeting rooms, children’s nurseries, garden nurseries, care homes and dairy diversifications.

The first prize is the Ashton Challenge Cup and £2,000 of legal advice as well as a profile feature in the East Anglian Daily Times, the second prize winner 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 legal advice is redeemable with any of the Ashton’s team for either commercial or individual legal advice.

Results are announced during the Annual Agricultural Awards dinner to be held at Trinity Park on Thursday 18 October.  All entrants receive two complimentary tickets to attend the event.


 About Ashtons Legal

Ashtons Legal are delighted to have been 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 Ashtons judges look forward to seeing new and old entrants take part and to recognising 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. Independent legal commentators Legal 500 rank Ashtons’ Agriculture and Estates in their top tier and say “A leader in the field regionally’, Ashtons Legal ‘has a local knowledge base without rival in the area and is part of that rare breed of law firms delivering first-rate service without excessive fees’.

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).