THE Wellbeing Farm in Edgworth will represent the North West at the Countryside Alliance’s ‘Rural Oscars’ next month.

The farm in Plantation Road has won the regional ‘start-up’ prize in the awards and will head to the final at Westminster on April 30. Judge Tracy Casstles said: “This is an amazingly varied business, with a cookery school, restaurant and coffee shop and a conference and wedding centre, where they also offer lifestyle and wellbeing courses.

“But the secret weapon is owner Celia Gaze herself, who is a dynamo of a person who is passionate about her business and bringing employment opportunities to the area.

“The Wellbeing Farm is a brilliant example of how a hill farm that is struggling to stay sustainable can be transformed into a thriving and innovative business.”