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Shortlist announced for Hampshire's Countryside Awards

25 July 2017

CPRE Hampshire is delighted to announce who has made the shortlist in this year’s Countryside Awards, which has seen a record number of entries. Now in their 11th year, the county branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England run the awards to recognise and celebrate those working for a beautiful and thriving Hampshire countryside for everyone to value and enjoy.

The Countryside Awards scheme is made possible thanks to sponsorship by The Southern Co-operative (lead and Community and Voluntary category sponsor), Steve’s Leaves (Young People), Hildon (Rural Enterprise) and Hastoe (Sustainable Buildings).

Twenty-one projects are shortlisted and, by local area and award category, they are:

East Hampshire and Winchester District:
Community and Voluntary
•    First Bite Community Café, Winchester

Young People
•    Forest School at Woodlea Primary, Bordon
•    Kindling Forest School and Parent & Toddler sessions, Twyford
•    Woodland Area at Kings Worthy Primary School, Winchester

Rural Enterprise
•    Two Hoots Shepherds Huts, Two Hoots Campsite, Bighton
•    Holden Farm Camping, Holden Farm, Cheriton
•    Blackwood Forest, Forest Holidays, Winchester

Sustainable Buildings
•    Wessex Learning Centre, Winchester - Hampshire County Council Architects

New Forest:

Community and Voluntary
•    HEG – Hordle Environment Group, Lymington
•    The New Forest Smooth Snake Survey, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (ARC)

Young People
•    Patrick’s Patch, Fairweather’s Garden Centre, Beaulieu

Rural Enterprise
•    Poppy Pods Project, Tile Barn Centre, Brockenhurst

Sustainable Buildings
•    Forest Lodge, Brook - PAD Studio
•    Addison Road and The Larch Hut, Brockenhurst – Arboreal Architecture

South Hampshire:

Community and Voluntary
•    Milton’s Hidden Seashore, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
•    Community Roots, Southampton Voluntary Services

Young People
•    Outdoor Learning Project, Ruth Butler Architects & St John’s Primary School, Rowlands Castle
•    Food Discovery, Bassett Green Primary School, Country Trust
•    Putting the Fare into Fareham, Wicor Primary School, Portchester

Sustainable Buildings
•    Hampshire Passivhaus, Emsworth - Ruth Butler Architects

Test Valley:

Sustainable Buildings
•    Mottisfont Abbey Visitor Facilities - Burd Haward Architects

Awards judges are visiting the shortlisted projects over the summer. The winners will be announced by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire at the awards ceremony on 19th September 2017 at Littleton Millennium Memorial Hall near Winchester.


Notes for editors

If you are interested in joining the Countryside Awards judges to visit a shortlisted project, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Note – some visits have already taken place. Photos and further information on this year’s shortlisted projects are also available - please contact Nicola.

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