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2016 Rural Living Awards get underway

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CPRE Hertfordshire's 2016 Rural Living Awards are underway, including a brand new Award for 2016. Deadline for nominations Friday 27 May.

If you want to put a project, as an individual or a community, forward for consideration get organised now. Don’t be shy, anyone can make a nomination. You can even nominate yourself.

The future of our green and pleasant land and how we preserve it for generations to come is in all our hands. This is why CPRE Hertfordshire's Rural Living Awards are a vital chapter in our never-ending quest to maintain Hertfordshire's heritage as one of the finest counties in England. The Awards reflect the work by groups and individuals to keep Hertfordshire a shining beacon in country affairs. They highlight efforts made by groups or individuals to improve life and enhance the environment in Hertfordshire's villages and its countryside.

The Awards are judged in two categories – Community and Environment. Judges look for innovative projects that unite rural communities, benefit the community and promote access to the countryside. There are also awards for Rural Living Champions: young people and adults who make outstanding contributions to rural life.

New for 2016 is the Rural Business in the Community Award: for a rural business which has made an outstanding contribution to rural community life.

Last year's Environment Award went to the Riverfly Monitoring Hub, set up in 2014 to provide training for volunteers to record water quality within the River Lea catchment areas. The judges described the scheme as 'a Neighbourhood Watch for local rivers'.

Commended in the same category was Reedbeds for Bitterns for the work carried out on the Amwell Nature Reserve which has helped save the bitterns from near extinction.

Two Community Awards were presented, one went to Greenway Spinney Restoration Project in Harpenden for transforming a 'no go' area into a well-used green space and Local Nature Area which has become a popular rural area in the town.  The second went to Northaw Community Orchard, where 80 fruit trees have been planted on previously inaccessible fields.  A wildflower meadow has also been planted making it a haven for wildlife and an oasis for the community.  Commended in the same category was Oaklands College, St Albans, for their project to introduce lambing weekends.  Last year 6,000 people attended the college’s lambing weekend bringing farming to the community and the community to the farm.

Don't delay - nominate today and become a page in the latest chapter in our County's rural history! Download information and nomination forms below


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