Criteria for the Countryside Awards 2023
The Grassroots Action Award
- Immediately relevant to a local area or community.
- Shows initiative in identifying and addressing any issue related to the countryside.
- Takes place within a rural or urban environment.
- Demonstrates a high level of involvement from the local or immediate community.
- ‘Hands on’ – involves a practical application. This could be researching and investigating a problem.
- Makes a contribution to the future local community.
- Uses ‘citizen science’, specialist knowledge or other original approaches.
- The project can address a number of issues or it can be single topic.
- Connects local green or wild spaces.
The Landscape Award
- Protection, creation or conservation of vital habitats and natural resources such as wetland, hedgerows, woods, ponds, wildflowers and nature reserves.
- Managing landscape areas to enhance biodiversity.
- Introducing the countryside to urban areas for public benefit, such as community gardens, wildflower areas or nature reserves.
- Preservation of tranquillity.
- Addresses any blight on our landscape such as fly-tipping or night light.
- Repurposing of derelict or other land.
- Sensitive to local ecology.
- Addresses detrimental farming practices and introduces innovative new approaches.
- Reduces negative impacts on the environment.
- Has longevity and flexibility to meet future needs.
The Environmental Education Award
- Helps educate and raise awareness of countryside issues.
- Uses landscape, environmental and rural issues as an opportunity for learning.
- Inspires and connects young people to the countryside and promotes its value.
- Teaches people about why the countryside is important.
- Incentivises learning and careers in the countryside.
- Formal scientific study or research.
- Interactive education experiences with an element of fun and enjoyment.
- Creates champions to carry on the countryside legacy in the future.
The Sustainable Communities Award
- Sustainable design of buildings or landscape in a rural or urban area.
- Use of materials or construction techniques sought to minimise impact on the environment.
- Sensitivity to environmental impact by good use of design.
- Considerate siting and/or location. Eg, regeneration of an old building, sympathetic to landscape or conversion and new use.
- Use of local, rural skills and employment or created apprenticeship schemes.
- Incorporates energy conservation and reduces carbon footprint.
- Promotes locally made products.
- Consideration of transport, eg, utilising existing public transport, home-working and/or proximity to amenities.
- Flexible to meet future needs.
- Connecting the countryside to an urban area. Eg, a park or rooftop garden.
- Promotes local employment.
- Of long term benefit to the community.