RHUG Estate's Farm Manager is a finalist in the National Rural Business Awards.

Gareth Jones, who holds the position at the farm near Corwen, made the cut after winning the Rural Employee of the Year prize at the regional finals in Abergele last October.

He will now go ahead to the final which will take place in Worcestershire on February 28.

Speaking on being nominated he said: "I have been overwhelmed by the support of the rest of the team at Rhug for nominating me.

"I'm also touched by the kind words which have been said since I won the first award."

Lord Newborough, Owner of Rhug Estate added: "Gareth is already a winner in our eyes having won the Welsh Award. However, this is added recognition for all the hard work and passion he puts into the farm here at Rhug and the Welsh farming industry.

"He has made a huge contribution to the overall success of Rhug Organic Farm over the last 25 years, establishing himself as a highly respected member of many key organisations which help to inspire and guide the future development of farming in Wales.

"Gareth's commitment goes further than his work at Rhug through his support of the local community, his pride in Welsh culture and language. He is not only a pillar of Rhug, but also a pillar of the community and we wish him all the luck for next week’s grand final."

The Rural Business Awards were established in 2014. Their aim is to give recognition to businesses operating right across the rural sector, to acknowledge the breadth and depth of opportunity presented by the Great British countryside, as well as to celebrate the achievements of rural businesses.