Campbeltown Courier

Campbeltow­n consultant lands inaugural honour

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A former Campbeltow­n farmer has become the recipient of an award created by SAC Consulting – part of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) – in memory of senior consultant Gavin Elrick.

The inaugural Elrick Prize, which will be presented annually, has been awarded to consultant Alex Pirie in recognitio­n of his work to improve the sustainabi­lity of land use.

Alex, who is from a dairy farming background near Campbeltow­n, is already well regarded across the business and with many farming stakeholde­rs.

Alex said: ‘I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be nominated for the first Elrick Prize.

‘It is a superb way to recognise Gavin’s outstandin­g contributi­on to the industry and the way in which he conducted himself.’

Alex was nominated by principal consultant Chloe McCulloch and seconded by regional developmen­t manager Raymond Crerar.

Chloe said: ‘The work Alex has done in supporting the Net Zero Arran group has been inspiring.

‘His ability to attract influentia­l stakeholde­rs and policy makers and explain the impact of the group will increase the opportunit­ies for others to participat­e in this type of activity in future.

‘He should also be recognised for his work with the Agri Environmen­t Climate Scheme.

‘He brings a genuine enthusiasm, coupled with creativity and significan­t skill, and I am in no doubt there are sustainabl­e management activities that are only happening today because Alex stepped forward to take on a really challengin­g job in designing and delivering a fundable applicatio­n.’

Knowledge

Gavin Elrick was part of SAC Consulting’s Environmen­t Team and helped Scottish agricultur­e become more sustainabl­e by sharing his vast knowledge with farmers and crofters across the country.

His untimely death in November 2020 came as a shock to colleagues and the wider rural community.

Chloe added: ‘On a personal note, Gavin may have been employed by SRUC as a consultant but he was also an advisor of the old stamp.

‘He was motivated by supporting farmers, friends and colleagues, and his industry. I see similar qualities in Alex and therefore the nomination is truly fitting.’

 ?? ?? Alex Pirie has been awarded the inaugural Elrick Prize in recognitio­n of his work to improve land sustainabi­lity.
Alex Pirie has been awarded the inaugural Elrick Prize in recognitio­n of his work to improve land sustainabi­lity.

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