I can’t believe where the year has gone, a quick recap on what has happened over the past year… In February we had our amazing award ceremony held at Kingston Maurward, our very own agricultural college in Dorchester, it was a beautiful setting in a large grade 11 listed Georgian country house. This created an amazing atmosphere to celebrate the achievements of all our entrants.

In June, the Open Farm Sunday held at Rawston Farm where all hands were needed to help spread the word of what is being grown, produced, caught, reared, brewed, crafted, and cooked here in Dorset. Education is key, people need to know what is growing and what it is turned into for them to eat and drink. We were so pleased so many of our Love Local Trust Local sponsors and winners came to help us and showcase what they are producing. We could not have done it without you all, thank you!

A lot has been going on behind the scenes since the 2022 awards finished. We have been revamping our website which is due to launch in Autumn, it will become our information hub for all things Love Local Trust Local, so everyone can find out what we do, who we support and who is supporting us. Our directory section will make it easy to find and connect with local producers who share our ethos and support our brand. We are relaunching our membership and sponsorship packages so that we have something to offer every business and producer no matter their size.

We are totally self-funded along with our sponsors for the awards, so we have been working hard trying to get grants to help us achieve our goals and mission. We have had interviews with Woman’s Own magazine about food labelling and its misuse, it is great that they want to hear our views and about what we are doing with the label. Its always great to hear feedback about our articles and that our message is resonating with the public with everything going on in the world right now.

We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to hear that on in August 110 MPs have signed an open letter calling for supermarkets to add ‘Buy British’ tabs to their websites. We set up our label in 2018 to fight against the corruption of food labelling, and because there was no voice for farmers, growers and producers around the UK. This is a great step forwards for British food!

Whilst all the planning has been going on, we have been continuing to support our 2022 and all previous winners and sponsors through our social media channels. In March 2024 entries will open for the 2024 Love Local Trust Local Awards. We cannot wait to share with everybody what is planned and how you can get involved. Exciting times are ahead for the Love Local Trust Local brand, and we would love you to join us! We will keep you updated on our progress.

From Barbara and the LLTL Team