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Winners announced in the Hampshire Countryside Awards

Finalists at The Countryside Awards 2019, Jason Allen Photography Finalists at The Countryside Awards 2019, Jason Allen Photography

 

19 September 2019

Congratulations go to the winners and finalists of the 13th Annual Hampshire Countryside Awards, announced at a special ceremony attended by over 100 guests at the Littleton Millennium Memorial Hall in Winchester on 17th September. 

A diverse and inspiring selection of groups and projects from across the county, all of whom are working towards a flourishing countryside, were selected by the Countryside Awards judges following a set of visits held throughout July and August. The finalists were invited to attend the ceremony in order to showcase their work and build links with other projects within Hampshire. All 15 finalists were presented with a certificate by Nigel Atkinson Esq, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire who closed the Ceremony with the presentation of commemorative plaques to the five well-deserved Winners.

The Winners were:

Community and Voluntary - Sponsored by Southern Co-op:  The Watercress Way

A 26-mile circular route developed to draw people into the countryside for recreation, and for wildlife and heritage conservation. 

Young People – Sponsored by Forest Holidays: Sustainability Centre - Sustainable Landscapes

Working with young people aged 10-19 who struggle with traditional classroom learning, offering specialist outdoor conservation work.

Rural Enterprise – Supported by Hampshire Fare: Chalk Stream Foods

Promoting and producing sustainable food products and the importance of sustainable aquaculture practices and good husbandry.

Making Places – Sponsored by Hastoe Housing: Mayfield Community Partnership - Hawley Community Garden

Bringing together British and Nepali communities, Hawley Community Garden has transformed a set of derelict garages into a community garden, based on the organic principles of permaculture, producing fruit and vegetables that are shared amongst the members.

 

The Hampshire’s Choice Award gave the public the chance to vote for their favourite project out of the list of Finalists. 

CPRE Hampshire Chief Executive George Sallis said: ‘Almost 2000 votes were cast which demonstrates the incredible support in Hampshire for work that promotes a living and thriving countryside.  We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Hampshire's Choice Award Winner was Bishop’s Waltham North Pond Conservation Volunteers for their Pond Restoration work. The group will receive £500 which it plans to put towards the maintenance of the pond and the development of projects that promote increased engagement opportunities for people in the community’.

Colin Palma from Bishop’s Waltham North Pond Conservation Volunteers described what the Hampshire’s Choice Award meant to their group: ‘Having CPRE publicly acknowledge our conservation project at the Awards Evening represents the highlight for thousands of hours of work over ten years for our volunteers and our community. It truly was a thrill to win this prestigious award’.

Other special guests on the night included the Vice President of CPRE Hampshire, John Cooper CBE, Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Eleanor Bell and Deputy Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Patrick Cunningham.

Dee Haas, Chair of CPRE Hampshire said, ‘The Countryside Awards are always a high point in our calendar at CPRE Hampshire and tonight was no exception. Every finalist is a winner in our eyes, for the contribution they make to their communities and the rich tapestry that is the Hampshire countryside. Heartfelt thanks to our volunteers and sponsors, Southern Cooperative, Hastoe and Forest Holidays without whom these awards could not happen’.

For further details on all of our finalists, please visit the CPRE Hampshire website at http://www.cprehampshire.org.uk/awards

Here is a list of the remaining Finalists from each group who were presented with a certificate in recognition of their work:

Community and Voluntary – sponsored by Southern Co-op

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust New Forest Non-Native Plants Project

Headley Down Nature Reserve Trust Restoration of Landfill Site

Bishop’s Waltham North Pond Conservation Volunteers Pond Restoration

Young people – sponsored by Forest Holidays

Enable Ability Hampshire Youth Project

Down to the Coast Woodland Apprentices

Rural Enterprise – supported by Hampshire Fare

Hill Farm Juice

Three Hares Honey

Stansted Park Farm Shop

Making Places – sponsored by Hastoe Housing

Whitchurch Silk Mill Restoration of Whitchurch Silk Mill

National Trust Foxbury

 

CPRE Hampshire is the Hampshire branch of CPRE the countryside charity, an organisation which works locally and nationally to protect, shape and enhance a beautiful, thriving countryside for everyone to value and enjoy.

Our work in the county spans wide-ranging countryside and rural issues – from landscapes, hedgerows and dark skies, to housing and planning, farming and food, transport, energy and waste and the rural economy.

Nationally, we don’t own land or represent any special interests. Our members are united in their love for England’s landscapes and rural communities, and stand up for the countryside, so it can continue to sustain, enchant and inspire future generations.

For further information please contact:   

Tamzin Paskins, CPRE Hampshire

Tel: 01962 841897   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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