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I was incredibly honoured and humbled to be awarded the Yorkshire Award for the Countryside at this year’s Yorkshire Awards ceremony in Leeds.

The category is sponsored by the Dalesman Magazine and recognises people who have made a positive contribution to the rural scene in Yorkshire. Last year’s winner for example, was Amanda Owen the Yorkshire Shepherdess.

It’s a delight to be in a position to help tell the stories of our incredible landscape. Together, the four Yorkshire counties have more Michelin starred restaurants anywhere outside of Greater London, two National Parks and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Yorkshire landscape is record breaking; home to the most northerly vineyard, hop and herb farms.  Meanwhile one hundred and forty breweries bottle the essence of the land and its communities.

Add a farmed area roughly the size of Cyprus with an industry curating the landscape and it’s a fantastic mix to talk about.

It means the Yorkshire Award for the Countryside is an award that’s truly deserved by a great many people – so this award is for anyone who’s ever walked on, eaten from or worked with the land.

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