SAOS’ Dougie Watson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

DougieRuralAwardHuge congratulations to Dougie Watson of SAOS who received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at last night’s Scottish Rural Awards. Dougie received his award from SRUC’s Colin MacEwan.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is specifically awarded to an individual whose impact over time has enhanced the lives of others, without whose efforts a significant detriment or deficit would be effected. Lifetime Achievement does not mean the individual has completed their endeavours, but it does recognise that the individual has committed a significant proportion of their life to those endeavours.

Douglas joined SAOS as a Project Manager nearly 20 years ago and has been hugely influential and supportive in the development of Scotland’s 75 Farmers’ Markets. Douglas’ unending enthusiasm for local foods stimulated its rapid growth to become a linchpin within the Scottish local food and drink sector, and laid the foundations for its ambition and the overall success of the sector today.

He was clearly a very popular recipient of the award as he has helped a huge number of co-ops, businesses and groups across Scotland over the years, many of whom were present at the award ceremony.

The Awards, partnered by Scottish Field magazine and the Scottish Countryside Alliance, are the ultimate benchmark of excellence in rural Scotland. There are 13 categories celebrating the true industry, innovation, dedication and community spirit of those who live and work in our wonderful countryside. Another worthy mention goes to Ringlink Scotland, who were recognised for their Pre-Apprenticeship Scheme and were awarded runner up in the Education category.

Last night’s ceremony and gala dinner took place at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.