Pride of Cairngorms National Park

The winner and his family.
The winner and his family.

The Pride of the Cairngorms National Park was celebrated at the Grantown Show earlier this month.

The Cairngorms National Park is home to some of the highest quality farming in the UK.

Now in their fourth year, the Pride of the Park awards showcase the best of farming, equestrian and domestic science in the National Park.

This year the CNPA’s Pride of the Park awards were sponsored by Elephants in the Pantry, which supports locally-sourced Cairngorms produce. Each winner received a voucher to be spent in their Grantown-on-Spey shop.

Receiving this year’s Pride of the Park rosettes were:

•Sheep: Joint winners, Gemma Macintosh from Boat of Garten and Jim Simmons from Tomintoul.

•Cattle: J Irvine and Son.

•Horse: Ellen Grant.

•Domestic: Mrs Val Inglis with her felted cow.

As co-sponsor of the Grantown Show, Will Boyd-Wallis, Cairngorms National Park Authority’s Head of Land Management & Conservation was at the Show, said: “We are delighted to support the Grantown Show, every year there is a fantastic showcase of livestock, horses and domestic delights and this year is no exception.

“A healthy farming industry is crucial to the Cairngorms National Park not just for our economy but for our landscapes and wildlife too.”

Launched last year, the winner of the Cairngorms Nature Farm Award was also announced.

This special award rewards a farmer or crofter who has made a substantial contribution to the natural environment around them.

This year the winner is Jim Simmons of Ruthven Farm in Glenlivet who received a plaque as recognition for his good work as well as a prize of a night for two, with dinner, at the Cairngorm Hotel in Aviemore.

CNPA Convener Peter Argyle presented the prize to Jim, saying: “Without farmers and crofters in the park we would lose many of the species, habitats and landscapes that we all know and love.”