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Cream o’ Galloway wins BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Award

congratulations to Cream o’ Galloway who have won the 2006 BBC Food & Farming ‘Farmer of the Year’ Award,sponsored by Radio 4’s Farming Today programme.

Established in 1994 by David & Wilma Finlay, Cream o’ Galloway uses organic milk from a herd of Ayrshire dairy cows to produce luxury ice cream & frozen yogurt. Over the past 12 years, David and Wilma have diversified Rainton Farm into a popular visitor attraction focused around ice cream production and nature. They have opened up the farm to visitors by creating nature trails, a woodland adventure playground and offering guided farm & creamery tours.

Cream o’ Galloway, a member of Wild Scotland, Scotland’s association for wildlife and nature tourism operators, welcomes over 60,000 visitors each year. Visitor Centre manager Helen Fenby has recently become a director of Wild Scotland demonstrating the attraction’s commitment to nature and the environment.

Winning ‘Farmer of the Year’ comes hot on the heels of a number of other successes in 2006, including regional and national ‘Business in the Community’ awards, and an MBE for Wilma in recognition of her services to tourism.  Wilma was also awarded ‘Food Champion of the Year’ at the Dumfries & Galloway Food Awards held earlier in November. The company has been awarded a gold award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme for the second time in two years.  In 2004 Cream o’ Galloway won the Thistle Award for Tourism & the Environment.

Wilma Finlay said ‘We have established three inter-related businesses operating together in the ethical food and tourism markets. We want all aspects of the farm, ice cream production and our visitor attraction to be sustainable. It’s very exciting to have won this award, in particular to be recognized at a UK level.’

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