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‘Early bird’ Aimee up for national award

Published Tuesday, 28th August 2018 in Study at SRUC news

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Aimee Budge graduated with a degree in Agriculture from SRUC earlier this year

An SRUC graduate has been shortlisted for the title of Agricultural Student of the Year at the 2018 British Farming Awards.

Aimee Budge, who gained a degree in Agriculture from the Aberdeen campus in May, said it felt “amazing” to be nominated for the award, the winner of which will be announced at a ceremony in Birmingham in October.

Having already picked up a BBC Countryfile Farming Heroes Award with her older sister, Kirsty, earlier this year, the 21-year-old faces strong competition from four other students from across the UK. 

Following the death of their father, Bryden, in an accident in 2014, Aimee and Kirsty took on the running of Bigton Farm on Shetland.

Dividing her time between work at home and in the classroom, Aimee quickly had to get used to early starts – as well as clocking up air miles between Shetland and Aberdeen.

“I really don’t know how I found the time to fit everything in,” she said. “But I’m quite lucky to be an early bird who loves being outside – that definitely helps!”

Now in its sixth year, The British Farming Awards are organised by AgriBriefing, parent company of Farmers Guardian, Arable Farming and Dairy Farmer.

Farmers Guardian Editor Ben Briggs said: “The British Farming Awards celebrate and showcase the innovation, enthusiasm and drive of individuals who make UK agriculture so special. 

“Farmers feed the nation, shape our stunning countryside and are the heartbeat of rural communities, which is why it is so important we recognise their contribution through these awards.”

This year’s British Farming Awards take place at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham on Thursday 18 October. For more information, click here.

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