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Countryside Awards 2018

 

And the winner is... 

The points have all been allocated, the votes have all been counted and the winners have finally been announced!

Congratulations to all our finalists who joined us at the ceremony for our Hampshire Countryside Awards 2018 on Tuesday 18 September.

It was wonderful to see so many people there and learn more about the amazing projects happening throughout Hampshire to enhance and sustain our countryside.

Dee Haas, Chair of CPRE Hampshire said, ‘It was a wonderful evening and to us, really all the Finalists were winners. The range of work being done throughout the county to support and celebrate the Hampshire Countryside is amazing and we are delighted to be able to share this evening with so many inspirational and devoted projects. Thank you to all our Sponsors and everyone involved for making this such a special evening.’

Our outstanding Finalists from our four categories  

Community and Voluntary sponsored by The Southern Co-operative

  • Walking for Health, Overton Parish Council 
  • Walkers are Welcome Whitchurch
  • Friends of Lepe, Lepe Country Park
  • Sparsholt Viillage Shop, Sparsholt
  • Community Trees, The Petersfield Society

And the winner is: Community Trees, Petersfield Society. 

Jessica Hughes, one of the judges from Southern Co-op said: ‘The Petersfield Society tree strategy, driven solely by volunteers, has touched the whole community and provided a robust and comprehensive view of the environmental, social and economic value the trees of Petersfield contribute to their community. This citizen science initiative has attracted the interest of Westminster and will play an important role in influencing green infrastructure planning within the local council and South Downs National Park. The initiative also provides a valuable blueprint for other communities looking to protect and understand the value of their green assets.

Special Recognition went to Sparsholt Village Post-Office and Shop for their contribution to the countryside.

Young People sponsored by Forest Holidays

  • Earth Secrets, Minstead Study Centre,
  • Nature Therapy, Winchester Youth Counselling
  • Wildlife Watch, Hampshire & Isle of Wight WildlifteTrust
  • Nature2Nurture, Inspero
  • Down to Earth Farm, Oasis
  • Wildflower Kindergarten 

And the winner is: Oasis Down to Earth Farm

The judges commented that: ‘The committed and enthusiastic team provide a positive place with nature at the heart of it, where people from all communities are supported to enhance their learning, well-being, life chances - and to have fun.  Its aim is to provide a sustainable place of well-being for all, a place of calm, support and enjoyment where the visitors, volunteers and staff, the animals and the environment are respected and valued. This was 100% achieved. It was a lovely fun place to be’.

 

Rural Enterprise sponsored by Hildon

  • Exton Park Vineyard
  • Beechcroft Farm
  • Gorilla Spirits 
  • The Wessex Wild Plum Company

And the winner is: Beechcroft Farm

Our judges said: ‘With the same footprint as the previously old barn, the new converted tearoom has offered an additional income to the farm enabling them to continue with low intensity and sensitive farming, whilst providing a lovely watering hole for the many walkers and cyclists that pass by. With little farm updates on a chalk board, only home grown meat sold in shop severed by local people and always a family farm member on hand this charming location educates all in "life on the farm"’.

Making Places - Building & Landscapes sponsored by Hastoe Group

  • Longstock Park Water Gardens, Leckford Estate
  • Hillier's Haven, Winchester City Council
  • Better Boundaries, New Forest Land Advice Service
  • Symonds Close, T2 Architects

And the winner is: Hillier's Haven 

Judge Dee Haas said: ‘This was an outstanding example of taking a disused, overgrown and unsafe environment and transforming it into a beautiful sustainable nature and leisure park. Hillier’s Haven introduces city dwellers to a countryside experience on their doorsteps. The process of transformation engaged local people and the local scouts in such a positive way that real participation occurred igniting some fabulous ideas which were implemented’.

And the one we’ve all been waiting for:

Hampshire’s Choice Award winners: Winchester Youth Counselling Nature Therapy service.

Congratulations to all our winners and everyone who took part. If you are interested in entering our awards next year then please express an interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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