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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

Sponsored by:

  • 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

Sponsored by:

  • 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.
  • Affordable.
  • 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.