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Press Release: 3rd October 2011

BTCV Hayling Island project wins CPRE Hampshire Countryside Award

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Mike Rushworth (of Steve's Leaves (left) with Katy Roberts and Nigel Armstrong of BTCV, and Sir Brian Brown, president of CPRE Hampshire

Community groups and rural enterprises have been recognised at an award ceremony organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (Hampshire) and sponsored by Steve's Leaves, held at Itchen Abbas village hall near Winchester on Friday evening, 30th September.

The winner of the Community and Voluntary category of the CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards 2011 is the BTCV Beach Wardens project on Hayling Island. Highly commended certificates were presented to Petersfield's Town Design Statement and Radian's retro-fit scheme in Petersfield, East Hampshire.

The BTCV volunteers are working on a two-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with Havant Borough Council. This is an outstanding project to manage and protect important habitats and improve access to Sinah Common and Hayling Island coast. The teams of local volunteers have tackled coppicing gorse, preparation of bird nesting sites, removal of litter and maintenance of paths.

This year, CPRE Hampshire is proud to have the Countryside Awards 2011 sponsored by Steve's Leaves, a bunch of pioneering farmers who grow tasty, nutritious baby leaves in their nature friendly farms, where 10% of the land is dedicated to nature building special habitats to encourage wildlife. To find out more log on to

On presenting the award to the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), Admiral Sir Brian Brown, president of CPRE Hampshire, said:

This category is particularly important to us as it recognises the work of individuals who give their free time to projects which enhance the environment and local community. In all our entries we have seen great commitment from individuals and we commend their efforts."

Elsewhere in Hampshire, CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards went to Hampshire Cheeses, at Herriard near Basingstoke; and to the Otterbourne School near Winchester for its meadow.

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Notes to editors

  1. The shortlisted organisations around Hampshire were:
    BTCV Beach Wardens - Hayling Island
    Peterfield Design Statement - Petersfield
    Bike Recycling - Bishop's Waltham
    Halterworth School - Romsey
    Jenkyn Vineyard - Bentley near Farnham
    King's School - Winchester
    Otterbourne School - Winchester
    PVC Windows - Bishop's Waltham
    Radian Retrofit - Petersfield
    Soberton Parish Council - Soberton
    Tunworth Cheese - Basingstoke.
  2. Steve's Leaves are a bunch of pioneering farmers who grow tasty, nutritious baby leaves with a light touch and a clear conscience. Further information can be found on Make friends on facebook and follow Steve's Leaves @stevesleaves on twitter.
  3. The CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards scheme was launched in 2007 to recognise significant achievements across the county which support its goal of "a beautiful, diverse and living countryside that everyone can value and enjoy."
  4. CPRE Hampshire strives to promote the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of the countryside of Hampshire by the sustainable use of land and other resources in town and country, and encouraging the biodiversity and well-being of rural communities.

For all media enquiries, please contact:
Keren Burney, media & communications officer, CPRE Hampshire
Tel: 01730 894123   Mobile: 07876 780065

For information on CPRE, please contact:
Anthony McEwen, Director, CPRE Hampshire
Tel: 01962 779185   Mobile: 07717 296025



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