A RECENTLY qualified agricultural solicitor has been recognised for her work in the rural sector.

Emma Blamire, 25, who lives in Thursby, picked up the Agricultural Student/ Rural Skills Award at the inaugural Cumbria Farmer Awards 2021.

She is part of Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors’ Agriculture and Estates team.

Judges praised how Emma used her farming background and knowledge of the agricultural industry to give an excellent insight into her work as a solicitor specialising in agricultural law.

Emma said: “I absolutely wasn’t expecting it when my name was announced.”

“My job involves helping farmers plan for the future, whether that’s expanding, downsizing or diversifying their businesses, and having a farming background does help me understand what they are going through.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to the judges, to The Cumberland News for organising the awards, and to whoever nominated me. It was a lovely surprise.”

Emma also helps out on the family farm and is an active member of her local Young Farmers’ club.

Around 220 farmers, industry professionals and local dignitaries attended the Cumbria Farmer Awards which were held at The Greenhill Hotel, near Wigton.

It was organised by Newsquest Cumbria, which includes The Cumberland News.