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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:50

Countryside Awards 2019 - Coming Soon


The Time is nearly here...

The Countryside Awards 2019 launch on Monday 18th March.

Keep checking the website for futher details.


Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:18

Countryside Awards 2019


Our 2019 Awards are now open for entries!

Now in its 13th year, The Countryside Awards continues to grow from strength to strength. This awards scheme is a real celebration of the innovative, diverse and sustainable work being done to support and enhance a thriving Hampshire countryside.

The Awards are split into four categories, each designed to showcase key aspects of countryside life.

These are the Community and Voluntary, Rural Enterprise, Making Places and Young People. In addition, we are also holding the Hampshire Choice Award, newly developed last year and a great success which opens the shortlisted candidates up to public vote, with a chance of winning £500 towards their work.

Community & Voluntary

Proudly sponsored by our friends at Southern Co-op (www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk), this award is open to organisations, individuals and enterprises who have put the countryside at the forefront of a project or their organisations/ themselves.

This category is aimed at community and voluntary organisations and enterprises, including charitable projects and schemes run by parish councils, local interest or amenity groups. In the past judges have awarded organisations with a high level of community involvement, projects and schemes which encourage people to connect with the countryside, the prioritisation of environmental, conservation or restoration within the rural or urban environment and the elements of sustainability and education.

This is always a very popular category with last year seeing entries from a variety of groups such as Walkers for Health, Friends of Lepe, Sparsholt Village shop and The Petersfield Society. Taking part in the awards is a great way to highlight some of the amazing work happening in our Hampshire communities and gaining additional support for voluntary organisations.


Making Places

This category has been sponsored by Hastoe Group (www.hastoe.com) and recognises, amongst others, architects, developers, parish councils, housing associations and renewable energy companies that are positively contributing to the sustainability of the rural environment or communities. This can be either new or regenerated buildings or landscapes.

Judges look for well-designed or interesting schemes that exhibit elements that include conservation and enhancement of the site ecology/ biodiversity. Under this category, judges would also look at aspects including previously developed land or buildings, the renovation of existing buildings or tackling a challenging site location, materials or construction techniques which minimise the impact on the environment or are sourced locally. Other factors include those who are creating apprenticeship schemes or contribute towards maintaining local or rural employment skills, alongside the effective engagement of the community.

This saw a diverse range of entrants last year, with some tough decisions required by the judges given the high level of entrants. Applicants included Longstock Park Water Gardens, T2 Architects and Better Boundaries. In the end, Hillier’s Haven a project which turned a disused and overgrown and unsafe environment into a beautiful, sustainable park and leisure area were the winners.

Young People

This category is a wonderful way to learn more about the outstanding work supporting our young people with a particular focus on developing an appreciation, knowledge and love of the countryside.

The category is sponsored by Forest Holidays (www.forestholidays.co.uk), a previous award winner for its Blackwood Forest location.

Applicable projects would involve young people up to the age of 18, and Judges have previously looked at projects which engage with a large number and/or wide range of young people and the effectiveness in connecting them to the countryside. Leaving a legacy - either through the project’s long-term sustainability or by producing information from which others can learn is also a key factor in judge’s choice, as is accessibility for all children– including children with disabilities or a diverse range of young people.

Groups considered could include educational establishments (all levels), youth groups, scouts, guides, cubs, brownies and youth offender programmes. Previous shortlisted applicants include Forest Schools, Youth Counselling Services. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Education Centres and Healthy Living Charites, with Oasis Down to Earth Farm taking the top prize in 2018.

Rural Enterprise

This category benefits from the support of Hampshire Fare, and is awarded to a business or council organisation which, through their work, either directly or indirectly enhance the rural environment and the rural economy. This category includes both ‘for profit’ and ‘not for profit’ enterprises.

Qualities the judges look for include community and stakeholder involvement, conservation of the countryside, projects which deal with recycling, climate change or sustainability, innovation, employment of local people/volunteer inclusion and the preservation of the tranquillity of the countryside.

Last year saw a record number of entries, with shortlisted applicants including Gorilla Spirits, Exton Park Vineyard and The Wessex Plum Company, with Beechcroft Farm Shop being the overall category winners.

If you think that you would like to take part in the Awards then please download and complete the below entry form.   All entries must reach us by 5pm on 7th June. For any further information then please contact Penny on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01962 841 897. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Please see application pack for awards criteria.

The Awards are open for entries from 18th March – 7th June.

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 17:31

Wheelabrator Incinerator at Harewood

CPRE Hampshire is well aware of the consternation being caused in North Hampshire by the application of the American firm Wheelabrator for a massive incinerator.

Monday, 25 February 2019 16:18

February e-Newsletter


Your monthly e-news from the charity that stands up for the Hampshire countryside.

Monday, 25 February 2019 12:32

Latest Updates on West Hampshire water

Moya Grove, CPRE Hampshire water expert reports on the latest situation with West Hampshire water resources. 

Monday, 11 February 2019 16:27

Kit Malthouse Chairs CPRE Hampshire Debate

Local MP and Minister of State for Housing and Planning Chairs CPRE Hampshire Debate

CPRE Hampshire have released a report questioning the worth of the ‘strategic gaps’ used to protect areas of land in South Hampshire.

Monday, 14 January 2019 16:05

Campaign Updates

Latest Updates from the South Hampshire Green Belt Campaign

We are delighted to annouce that PUSH Chairman and Leader for Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Sean Woodward has issued a positve response to our Strategic Gaps Report.  In a comment to local news, Cllr Woodard responded: ' I would love to have a Green Belt in Hampshire and I agree that Strategic Gaps don’t work. I would love to see this resolved in the next one to two years and it is something that we are working towards at the moment.’

A fantastic response in favour of a South Hampshire Green Belt - and brilliant to have a time-frame to hold our Council Leaders to. 

January 2019 

Following on from the success in December, CPRE Hampshire have commissioned a report into the effectiveness of Local and Strategic Gaps -  the measures used in South Hampshire to safeguard our precious green spaces. These Gaps offer no legal protection and have been gradually nibbled away, with some now measuring only metres. 

Read more about in Current News

Read the full report below. 


December 2018

The campaign continues to move forward with December 2018 seeing us hand-in our petiton of over 13,500 signatures from local people in favour of the Green Belt. 

The petition was presented to Cllr Sean Woodward, Chair of PUSH ahead of the Joint Committee meeting on 4th December. This came ahead of a key decision from the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), a Joint Committee of our local councils and decision makers, to determine whether to continue to support the adoption of a South Hampshire Green Belt.

Councillor Woodward, a long-time champion of the idea of the Green Belt, was joined by his fellow elected Leaders from South Hampshire to receive the outcomes from a report exploring the ‘justification for considering a Green Belt.'

The Joint Committee agreed that the Green Belt must now be included as a key part of the work that will form the Statement of Common Ground.  This will mean that the adoption of a Green Belt will be given serious consideration as part of their ongoing plans for the sustainable development of the PUSH region. Considerable work needs to be done to determine exactly how Green Belt could be introduced in South Hampshire and Council Leaders have shown their commitment to further exploration.

CPRE Hampshire Chair Dee Haas was pleased by the outcome. ‘Our discussions with PUSH have always been very positive, with Cllr Woodward being a strong voice of support for the adoption of a Green Belt in South Hampshire. Although not giving a definitive decision, this is a great step forward for us.'

Read more about the meeting in our news section


Monday, 07 January 2019 14:26

Winchester Cattle Market Car Boot Sale

Sunday 28 April 2019

Winchester Cattle Market, Worthy Lane

From 8am

Monday, 07 January 2019 13:47

CPRE Hampshire AGM

Saturday 18 May 2019 

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