CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards
The Countryside Awards, organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Hampshire in association with Steve's Leaves, a brand of Vitacress Salads Ltd. Launched in 2007 we aim to recognise significant achievements across the county which support our goal of "standing up for the countryside". We welcome applications from all sections of the community; projects both big and small.
The Countryside Awards are run in conjunction with Hampshire Fare, Hampshire Ambassadors and Orbis Marketing. The Rural Enterprise category is sponsored by Smiths Gore land agents and rural surveyors and the Community / Voluntary sector category is sponsored by The Southern Co-operative.
2013 Award Winners
The 2013 Awards ceremony took place on Friday 27th September 2013. The presentations were made by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, DCVO JP. The winners were:
- Andover Trees United, in the Youth Category
- Jodrell Close Wildlife Garden, Horndean, for the Voluntary and Community Category, supported by The Southern Co-operative (TSC)
- Upham Brewery Expansion Project, near Winchester, in the Rural Enterprise category, supported by SmithsGore land agents.
A fourth, surprise award was given because the judges were so impressed by the volunteers’ enthusiasm and hard work in creating the Gypsy’s Wildlife Pond, at the Hawk Conservancy Trust.
See Winners 2013 (PDF: 1.1Mb), an article featuring all these winners (first published in Hampshire Views No. 7
2013 Award Finalists
Rural Enterprise Category (supported by SmithsGore)
- The Chestnut Horse Village Store at Easton - a local store for local people, supplying local produce
- Upham Brewery Expansion Project - local beers and local employment
Young People Category
- Herne Junior School (Petersfield) - the Narnia Reading Garden, a magical outdoor space, created and maintained by young people
- Andover Trees United - providing young people a chance to grow trees and work with each other
Voluntary / Community Category (supported by The Southern Co-operative)
- Jodrell Close wildlife garden at Horndean - a precious slice of the countryside within a built-up area
- Gypsy’s Wildlife Pond at the Hawk Conservancy Trust - a peaceful haven for visitors and wildlife
- Lee-on-the-Solent Litteraction - over 500 bags of rubbish collected from beaches, roads, parks, open spaces and hedgerows
- Steep Parish Plan - a planning project which captured the community’s current views and converted them into practical actions.
For further details of the 2013 awards see:
- Countryside Awards go from strength to strength (Press release, 1st Oct 2013)
- Finalists hopeful of a CPRE Hampshire Countryside Award (Press release, 23rd Sept 2013)
Scroll down to see winners in 2012 and earlier years.
Information for Applicants (2014)
We are now open for nominations for the 2014 awards. Precise details will be provided later, but the information below is a guide if you want to start preparing your entry.
- Scroll down for an overview of the categories and criteria
- There is a 3-page document Guidance for Applicants 2013 (PDF)
- You can download and complete an entry form - PDF version :: MSWord version.
- Review 2012 winners and earlier winners for inspiration.
A video for entrants to find out about the awards can be viewed at:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6r4hfELL5k or by searching for CPRE Hampshire Awards on Youtube.
Eligibility and Criteria
Projects must be within Hampshire. They must also have been completed within three years of the closing date of application (i.e. between August 2010 - August 2013). We wish to recognise innovative rural businesses and inspirational projects involving volunteers, the community and/or young people which support our mission of "standing up for the countryside".
There are three categories, which differ slightly from year to year. The 2013 categories are:
- Rural Enterprise (Public Sector or Commercial) - sponsored by SmithsGore land agents and rural surveyors: the qualities sought include employment of local people, promotion of local foods, conservation of the countryside
- Voluntary / Community - sponsored by The Southern Co-operative: this includes schemes run by parish councils, local interest or amenity groups. Projects might involve encouraging urban communities to connect with the countryside, an appreciation of the value of landscape and a high level of involvement of volunteers.
- Young People - as well as schools this category includes other youth groups such as scouts, guides, youth offender programmes, colleges etc. for projects aimed at people up to 18 years of age. Projects might include environmental issues as an opportunity for learning, management of a wild life area, recycling
The guidance notes give more examples of the types of quality that are sought for each category. Information about previous award winners could also prove helpful.
- Closing date for applications is 13th July 2013
- Site visits to finalists take place between August and mid-September 2013
- Date of the awards ceremony - 27th September 2013
2012 Award Winners
The 2012 CPRE Hampshire Countryside Award winners were announced at the awards ceremony on 28th September and were presented by Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, Lord-Lieutentant of Hampshire. The award winners are:
Rural Enterprise Category: Wildflower Turf Ltd of Overton, in North Hampshire.
They provided the flowering turf for this year's Olympics opening ceremony. It is an excellent example of a thriving rural business that is developing and promoting a unique product with passion and enthusiasm.
Voluntary and Community Category: Buriton Chalk Pit.
Once a thriving industrial site it fell into disuse and had become dangerous. With regular working parties and professional help the site is now safe, and native flora and fauna have regenerated and created a rich biodiversity including several rare species.
Young People's Category: 'Field to Fork' by Hampshire Country Learning.
By meeting their local Farmers children and adults have learnt about food production and countryside management from the experts.
Special Award: Andover Trees United.
An inspirational project in linking generations of school children with the countryside through their practical work of cultivating trees in their own woodland.
Details of the ceremony and the award winners are in the press release (1 October).
See also these articles (PDF: 336kb) on two of the runners-up - Create & Cook, and Baughhurst Parish.
Earlier Awards Winners
The main 2011 Award were:
- Otterbourne Primary School in Winchester - press release.
- British Trust for Conservation Volunteers - press release.
- Hampshire Cheeses of Herriard near Basingstoke - press release.
For further details plus a full list of 'highly commended' entries go to 2011 Award Winners page.
There were no awards in 2010. For details of award winners in 2008 and 2009, go to the 2008-9 Awards Winners page.
This page last updated 28th February 2014.
Sir Andrew Motion launched this competition for children on his visit to CPRE Hampshire on 27th February.
See details and entry form
- Press release (1 Oct 2013)
- Press release (23 Sep 2013)
- Guidance for applicants
- Entry form (pdf)
- Entry form (MSWord)
- Press release (11 Feb 2013)
- Press release (8 Feb 2013)
- 2012 winners press release
- 2011 award winners
- 2008-9 award winners
- Our vision
- What we do
2012 WINNERS' WEBSITES:
- Wildflower Turf
- Buriton Chalk Pit
- Hampshire Country Learning
- Andover Trees United
- see also YouTube video
2011 AWARD WINNERS:
- Otterbourne Primary School
- British Trust for Conservation Volunteers
- Hampshire Cheeses
- The King's School
- Halterworth Primary School
- Soberton Parish Plan
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