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2018 Rural Living Awards Presented

Thursday, 18 October 2018 13:30

2018 Getting ready to present the awards 2018 Getting ready to present the awards Paul Munns

We all love to get out and enjoy the Hertfordshire countryside. CPRE Hertfordshire has as its two prime objectives, the celebration and protection of Hertfordshire’s countryside and the rural population living there. The Rural Living Awards are all about celebrating rural communities, particularly individuals, groups and businesses that sustain or improve living in a rural community or sustain or improve the rural environment.


Awards were presented to:

The Peterkin Award

Tom Parkins from High Cross.

Tom is a working farmer and police volunteer who has developed his role within the rural team which is now an integral part of policing in the local community

The Community Award

Operation STOMP

A multi-agency project led by the police and involves both statutory and volunteer bodies. Ait has achieved considerable success in addressing the fear of crime as well as anti-social and criminal behaviour in East Herts.


Walkern Village Garden & Playground

Friends of Walkern Playground Group and Walkern Parish Council. A project to transform a neglected play area in the centre of the village to provide a new play area and a space where residents can meet informally.

Other nominations came from Go Wild Volunteers (HMWT); Helping to Create a Community, Wheathampstead; Save Ware’s Green Belt and Let Us Leap Festival, Hertford;

The Environment Award

Thundridge Community Orchard

The skills and enthusiasm of a wide range of people, sharing a love of gardening and a community spirit, have resulted in a near derelict site being cleared and planted with heritage varieties from original Hertfordshire stock.


PACE, Protecting Aston’s (wider) Community Existence

Working with adjacent parishes and wards in Stevenage PACE has successfully motivated many thousands of unconnected people to unite and oppose unsustainable development.

Other projects considered were Hertfordshire Farmyard, Food and Farming area and Made in Hertfordshire Marquees both at the Hertfordshire County Show.

The Chairman’s Award, new for 2018

Helping to Create a Community

Wheathampstead & District Preservation Society. A project concerned with improving the environment in the village, especially to create or improve outdoor spaces accessible to the whole community.

The Rural Business in the Community Award and the Abel Smith Award

The first celebrates and acknowledges the support that so many businesses give to their rural communities and the second is presented to a young person, aged up to 21, who has made an outstanding contribution to Rural Life.

Sadly, in 2018 there were no nominations for either Award, but this cannot be because rural businesses and young people in Hertfordshire have ceased supporting and serving their communities or that the communities don't appreciate this. If you know of a local business, business person or young person who deserves recognition, please take a moment to nominate them for an award in 2019.

To read the full judges report click here.


Children’s Art Competition

This is a long standing and well loved part of the CPRE Hertfordshire calendar and this year’s theme was The Sky at Night. The children were asked to think about the night sky and to use their imagination to show us what it looks like. Winning artists received gift vouchers and certificates for their work which was judged by local artist Valerie Cansick.

We received over 700 entries for the competition this year, making it one of our most popular themes and making the judge’s decisions very difficult indeed. We love including the children and their families in the presentation evening and they all enjoy coming to County Hall to receive their prizes.

For pictures and details of winning entries please click here.

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