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Anstey Junior School, Alton - Young People winners 2014 Anstey Junior School, Alton - Young People winners 2014 Photo: Jason Allen Photography

Be inspired by our award winners and hear how their projects are going from strength to strength since being recognised and honoured by a CPRE Hampshire Countryside Award.

Previous winners include:

  • Woodlander Hoburne Bashley, New Milton - Paul Brockman said: “I was very honoured to receive the prestigious Young People award in 2016, especially as there were some fantastic projects shortlisted. The publicity has helped to raise our profile and we have had an upsurge of interest from schools and young people groups. The award has given us added credibility and confirmed that we are supporting the local community and the next generation by creating something special for a 20 acre privately owned woodland within the New Forest National Park. Since winning the award I have also been offered a place on the New Forest Access Forum representing Youth and Education”.

  • Taste of Wickham Festival - Ben Sawyers said: “Winning the Rural Enterprise award in 2016, just a few days after our third successful Taste of Wickham, was the icing on the cake for the large group of volunteers who work so hard to plan and run the event. We hadn’t anticipated that the entry process itself would help us to focus more on how the rural economy could benefit from the festival, thus making it even more successful. Being recognised for our achievements has given everyone involved such a boost, and we’ve no doubt that adding this accolade to our marketing will enable us to attract more rural businesses to participate and more visitors to come along and enjoy the event. Thank you CPRE Hampshire!”

  • The Solent Way Project (run by The Conservation Volunteers with support from Hampshire County Council) - Rachel Bryan said: "We were honoured to win the Community and Voluntary category for our project. The award is a result of all the hard work our trainees and volunteers have put in along the Solent Way and adjoining footpaths to improve them for visitors and wildlife. We hope the publicity from this award will encourage more people to visit our wonderful Hampshire coastline and explore its many footpaths. Volunteers involved in the project have since joined some of our other conservation projects".

  • Woodgarth, Whitchurch (Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt Architects)
 - Emma Hutton said: "We were honoured that Woodgarth, our environmentally sustainable and energy efficient home, was recognised and celebrated by the Sustainable Buildings award 2016. Hard won at planning, Woodgarth has become a benchmark for the design of new homes in the area and shows that bold design works when it is in harmony with its surroundings. Winning the award has consolidated our resolve to continue to design striking buildings that benefit the people who use them and the local area".

  • Brook Meadow Conservation Group, Emsworth - Since winning the award in 2014, Brook Meadow Conservation Group has continued to grow and develop. Jennifer Rye said, “We found the award process extremely rewarding. Recognition by a national body such as CPRE that our work is valued strengthened our resolve to press ahead with our plans for the meadow. We also gained new members through the publicity that it generated. I would strongly urge other groups to enter - it's a most encouraging process.”

  • Jodrell Close Community Wildlife Garden, Horndean - Jodrell Close Community Wildlife Garden, a Radian supported project, won the award in 2013. The wildlife garden continues to bring pleasure to local residents and is a simple way of bringing people together. Adam Roberts of Radian said, “Registering your project with CPRE is a great way to promote your work and network with other people involved with similar projects. It is rewarding for those involved to hear that they are receiving wider recognition. We are currently looking to include local school children in planting and learning new skills at the community garden.”

  • Hockey’s Farm Shop, near Fordingbridge - Laura Stainton-Burrell of Hockey’s Farm Shop said, “The business has gone from strength to strength since winning the award in 2015 and we would urge any rural business to enter the awards. The buzz that winning created for our business was incredible. We have since opened the Farmyard Café which has been an enormous success and very popular with locals, holiday makers, walkers and cyclists. Farm Shop sales have also increased and we have had many new customers.”

  • Pondhead Conservation Volunteers, Lyndhurst - Derek Tippetts of Pondhead Conservation Volunteers said, “We were honoured to receive last year's award, especially against strong competition, and the publicity it provided helped to lift our profile both in terms of volunteer recruitment and with relevant outside bodies. We have brought a further two hectares of neglected hazel coppice back into rotation and planted 500 new hazel plants. The award has given us added credibility and provided us with confirmation that we are creating something special in the heart of the New Forest National Park.”

  • Avon Tyrrell Boat House, Bransgore - David Watts, Director of Avon Tyrrell said: “The award has been a fantastic recognition of the hard work and dedication of the charity, the volunteers and organisations that helped us create such a stunning structure appreciated and enjoyed by all. It has helped to show that we not only care about our guests and the services we provide for them, but that we also care about the environment. Our facilities enable us to educate younger generations in the value of renewable energy and sustainable construction."

  • Anstey Junior School, Alton - Jenny Jones, Head teacher of Anstey Junior School said, “Receiving the Young People award in 2014 for our Community Growing Project was a great experience. The award led to us expanding the project, which has enabled the children to learn how to grow vegetables, how to weed, how to water and how to harvest vegetables. They love tasting the vegetables straight off the plants and enjoy the reaction of the elderly residents they take the vegetables to.”

  • Upham Brewery - Faye Pain of Upham Brewery said, “Having scooped the Rural Enterprise award in 2013, we have continued our expansion project and experienced substantial growth across the business. Production has increased 200% and our portfolio of stockists, including pubs, supermarkets and hotels, has grown considerably from 200 to 450. Our own pub business has grown from three rural pubs in Hampshire to 11 pubs and inns across Hampshire and surrounding counties.”

  • Andover Trees United - Wendy Davis of Andover Trees United said, “Since receiving the Young People award in 2013, we have been inspired to keep pushing forward and continue not only our tree planting efforts but also our engagement with the wider community. 2,000 more children have planted another 1,250 trees in Harmony Woods; over 1,000 trees have been planted at ten community tree planting days in the wood and around Andover; and we have sown five acres of meadow which have flowered magnificently. Andover Trees United also won the Young Green Champions category in the 2015 Observer/Guardian Ethical Awards!"

  • Buckler’s Hard Shipwright School Workshop, Beaulieu - Mary Montagu-Scott said, “It was a great honour to win the award from the CPRE for the building and it made all the hard work worth it with this bit of extra support and recognition. We would certainly enter again if we ever get a chance to do another sustainable building”.

Countryside Award winners 2015 - read our news release, 'Lord-Lieutenant honours winners of CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards' and view photos from last year's awards ceremony.

Countryside Award winners 2015 and 2014 - download our more detailed updates below.

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