THE owners of an Ellesmere estate are calling on the public to help them after they reached the finals of the countryside 'Oscars'.

The Oteley Estaste, run by Robert, Iain and Clare Mainwaring, rears iconic Highland cattle, shorthorn and commercial cattle, sheep and pigs, and the estate regularly holds events in the original stable yard.

And they are now in the running for the Countryside Alliance Awards in the Rural Enterprise Category.

The awards are an annual celebration of British food and farming, enterprise and heritage through small businesses.

Clare said: "We are so excited to be into the final stages of the Countryside Alliance Awards."

"Now that the awards are into a public vote, we need your help.


"If you've attended one of our events, purchased from our shop, or spotted our Highlands on the shores of Ellesmere, we'd be ever so grateful for your vote.

"Oteley Estate is a working farm and has come a long way in the last few years, and we’re so proud to have been recognised for that hard work.

"We’re so passionate about supporting local producers and raising awareness for the stunning surroundings we have right on our doorstep."

Voting is now open and will close on Sunday, March 5 at midnight.

The winners will be announced in mid-March and will be invited to a reception in the House of Lords on Wednesday, May 17.

More information about Oteley and the voting link can be found on its website by clicking here.