The countryside champions

CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards

Launched in 2007 the aim of CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards is to recognise significant achievements across the county which support our goal of "standing up for the countryside". The 2015 awards were launched on 25th March with our lead sponsor, The Southern Co-operative (see press release). Nominations for the 2015 awards close on 30th June 2015. There are four categories:

Awards Eligibility and Criteria

YouTube video

Projects must be within Hampshire. They must also have been completed within three years of the closing date of application (between July 2012 and July 2015).

Criteria vary by category but include elements such as community involvment, enhancement of the environment and conservation of the countryside. The full criteria for each category will be found in The Information for Entrants 2015 (PDF). Information about previous award winners (see links on right) could also prove helpful. The YouTube video (click on image right) gives an overview of the scheme with the story of a previous winner.

How To Enter

To enter please download and complete an entry form. There are two versions:

As well as a set of boxes to show which criterai you meet you need to complete a description of your project in no more than 400 words. You will also to need to supply photographs (digital format).

The completed form must be emailed to our email address (shown on the form) with the photographs attached no later than 5pm on 30th June 2015.


  • Closing date for applications is 5pm on 30th June 2015
  • The judging panel will then assess entries and select approxaimtely three finalists in each category
  • Site visits to finalists will take place between August and until mid-September
  • The awards ceremony will take place on Friday 25th September 2015 at Itchen Abbas and Avington Village Hall.

2014 Award Winners

anstey junior school

On Friday evening, 26th September 2014, teams from 19 shortlisted countryside projects gathered with more than 100 guests at the eighth annual CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Hampshire Countryside Awards ceremony at Itchen Abbas Village Hall, Winchester.

The Earl of Malmesbury, President of CPRE Hampshire introduced the ceremony and Steve Brine, MP for Winchester presented each of the four category winners with an engraved plaque. Highly commended entires in each category received a signed certificate.

A summary of winners is given below. Further details will be found in the press release announcement (30 Sept).

2014 Category Winners

The winners and highly commended in each category were as follows:

  • Rural Enterprise - sponsored by Dutton Gregory solicitors:
    - Winner: Blackwood Forest Holidays, a project in woodlands near Winchester
    - Highly commended: Piecing Together the Hampshire Food Jigsaw, HC3S Hampshire County Council Catering Services
  • Young People - sponsored by Steve's Leaves:
    - Winner: Anstey Junior School, Alton for a project on gorwing vegetables
    - Highly commended: The Woodland Walk, Kings Worthy Primary School
  • Voluntary / Community - sponsored by The Southern Co-operative:
    - Winner: Brook Meadow Conservation Group, Emsworth, a balance of conservation and recreation
    - Highly commended: Round About Café, Mansbridge, Southampton
  • Green Buildings - a new category sponsored by Radian:
    - Winner: Avon Tyrrell Boat House in the New Forest
    - Highly commended: Otterbourne Wildlife Lodge, Otterbourne Church of England Primary School.

See the links at the top of the right hand column to the award winners pages of earlier years.

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