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.
2014 Nominations Closing Soon!
The 2014 awards were launched on 31st March at The Round About Café, a not-for-profit community cafe near Southampton. Shown on the right at the event are Dee Haas, chair of CPRE Hampshire, the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Southampton, Ivan White and Steve Rothwell of Steve's Leaves. This year sees new sponsors coming on board and a new category 'green buildings'.
Read the press release of the event and the 2014 scheme.
Hurry! Nominations close on 18th July 2014. An overview of the awards and how to submit your nomination are shown below. Full details will be found in our Guidance for Applicants (PDF). Good luck!
This year there are four categories, which are:
- Rural Enterprise (Public Sector or Commercial) - with a new sponsor this year, Dutton Gregory solicitors: the qualities sought include employment of local people, promotion of local foods, conservation of the countryside
- 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
- Voluntary / Community - sponsored again 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.
- Green Buildings - a new category sponsored by Radian, who are known throughout the region for their affordable homes. One of their subsidiaries - Drum Housing Association - won one of our 2009 Countryside Awards for its project at Privett Green, Petersfield. Qualities sought include buildings that help people connect to green spaces, conservation projects, buildings that reduce carbon footprint.
Eligibility, Criteria and How To Enter
Projects must be within Hampshire. They must also have been completed within three years of the closing date of application (i.e. between August 2011 - August 2014).
The Guidance for Applicants (PDF) gives more examples of the types of quality that are sought for each category. Information about previous award winners could also prove helpful. The YouTube video (click on image right) gives an overview of the scheme with the story of a previous winner.
To enter, please complete an entry form. You can do this in one of three ways:
- Download the MSWord (*.doc) version and type in your nomination - please check your formatting!
- Download the MSWord version or PDF version and complete legibly with a black ink pen
- Using our online entry form.
For the first two methods please email or post your form to the CPRE Hampshire office by the closing date (see below).
- Closing date for applications will be 5pm on 18th July 2014
- Site visits to finalists take place between August and mid-September
- The awards ceremony will take place on Friday 26th September 2014.
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, near Winchester, for their Expansion Project - 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)
Earlier Awards Winners
The main 2012 award winners were:
- Rural Enterprise Category: Wildflower Turf Ltd of Overton, in North Hampshire.
- Voluntary and Community Category: Buriton Chalk Pit.
- Young People's Category: 'Field to Fork' by Hampshire Country Learning.
- Special Award: Andover Trees United.
Details of the ceremony and the award winners are in the press release (1 October).
The 2012 Award Winners page gives more details of each project, also of runners up, and links to articles and the winners' websites.
The main 2011 award winners 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 11th July 2014.
New for 2014:
The Awards Scheme is also being run in conjunction with Hampshire Fare and Hampshire Enterprise Circle
- Launch press release (31 Mar 2014)
- Guidance for applicants (2014)
- Entry form 2014 (pdf)
- Entry form 2014 (MSWord)
- 2012 award winners
- 2011 award winners
- 2008-9 award winners
- Our vision
- What we do
Guidance and entry forms for the 2014 awards will be provided shortly
2013 WINNERS' WEBSITES: