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Rural living thriving in Hertfordshire

Monday, 19 October 2015 12:30

Forster Country Forster Country Margaret Ashby

We all love to get out and enjoy the Hertfordshire countryside, and people who 'make it happen' have been celebrated in the third annual CPRE Hertfordshire Rural Living Awards.

This year seven nominations were received in the Environment Category, seven nominations in the Community Category and six for the Peterkin Award for a Rural Living Champion. The Awards were presented at the Rural Living Awards Evening in County Hall on Tuesday October 20, by kind invitation of the County Council Chair, Cllr. Frances Button.

Amwell Nature Reserve: Received the Environment Category Commendation for its Reedbeds for Bitterns. It cannot always be proved that the purpose of environmental projects has been achieved.  Amwell, however, has saved the bitterns from near extinction. The evidence is there for all to see and hear.

The Riverfly Monitoring Hub: Received the Environment Award. The hub trains volunteers to assess the water quality in Hertfordshire's rare chalk streams by checking for eight pollution sensitive intervebrate groups. The judges described the scheme as 'a Neighbourhood Watch for local rivers'.

Oaklands College Lambing Weekend: Was commended in the Community Category. The Smallford Campus brings farming to the community and the community to the farm, giving families the opportunity to see not only sheep but also pigs giving birth.

Northaw Community Orchard: Received a Community Category Award for the work of a group of volunteers in transforming two disused and overgrown fields into a community orchard for use by the villagers. The project includes a beehive and an educational 'Yurt'.

Greenland Spinney Woodland Restoration: Friends of Greenway Spinney, on the outskirts of Harpenden. also received a Community Award for transforming a 'no go' area into a well-used green space and Local Nature Area. 

Peterkin Award for a Rural Living Champion: This year six very strong nominations were received. The award recipient is Margaret Ashby, recognised for her determination and dedication in ensuring the protection of a precious area of Green Belt known as 'Forster Country' (pictured).

Read the full judges' report.

See pictures of these projects and the presentation of the awards below.


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