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2017 Rural Living Awards Presented

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 10:04

2017 Rural Living Awards Environment Commendation Croxley Green 2017 Rural Living Awards Environment Commendation Croxley Green Paul Munns



CPRE Hertfordshire's Rural Living Champions have been recognised at an Awards Evening in County Hall

Winners in CPRE Hertfordshire's Children's Art Competition - also received their certificates at the Awards Evening, held on 17 October, 2017. All the children's winning artwork was on display.

The Rural Living Awards recipients were: bringing Back the Bulbourne. 

This project has been about restoring the River Bulbourne, near Hemel Hempstead from a degraded, silty river to a beautiful meandering chalk stream, a rare habitat of only 200 worldwide. The river used to be straight and a large weir prevented the fish from travelling upstream.   The project has involved volunteers working with the Environment Agency, The Boxmoor Trust (formed in 1584), the Chilterns Chalk Stream Project and the Wild Trout Trust with other support.  The goal is to increase the diversity of the river, which is already showing signs of plant and fish life, by improving 1 km of river on common land used by the local population.  Works have included removing the weir, cutting trees to allow light in, installing woody habitat and to mimic the natural meander of the river.

Peterkin award for an adult who has made an outstanding contribution to rural life was presented by Dorothy Abel Smit to Ken Newstead for his achievment in approaching BT to allow the village to adopt the redundant telephone box.

Rural Business in the Community Award was presented by Jo Simson to Redbournbury Watermill and Bakery, run and maintained by volunteers, which boasts the lowest number of food-miles possible in producing a range of stoneground, organic flours from locally grown grains.

Rural Community Award 

Rural Community Commendation was presented to The Friends of Bunkers Park. 

The plan for Bunkers Park was to provide diversity of habitat and this was evident all around. You can sit on a bench made of a single piece of wood in the middle of a wildflower and wild grasses meadow. To the side is a copse, planted 20 years ago by a great number of people of all ages and behind is a dew pond. All praise to the Friends of Bunkers Park for making this such a happy and truly environment-friendly place.

Rural Environment commendation was presented to The Friends of Danesbury.

In September 2015 it was decided to restore the Victorian Fernery. It was once described as the best fernery in the Home Counties but had not been looked after for over a century. At the Welwyn festival in June this year, the fernery was open to the public and promoted by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

Rural Environment Commendation was presented to Redbourne Village Hall. 

This year's nomination centres on the ongoing management and restoration of the building which keeps it open for the many community activities which take place there.

Read the judges' full reports on nominations and award recipients

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