CPRE Hertfordshire Awards

Recipient of our 2020 Environment Award The Friends of Halsey Field

Our CPRE Hertfordshire Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and groups who have worked to protect, promote and enhance the Hertfordshire countryside for the benefit of their local communities and the environment.

The CPRE Hertfordshire Awards are back for 2022… and how to enter!

We are delighted that the CPRE Hertfordshire Awards are back. In 2020 we judged the nominations remotely, but it was not easy. We were unable to hold our usual Awards evening, and we missed being able to connect in person with the people involved with nominated projects.

As 2020 drew to a close, and with pandemic restrictions continuing, we paused the Awards for a year. This gave us the chance to review the scheme from its inception in 2013, and refresh some aspects.

What hasn’t changed is our ambition for the Awards, which is to recognise and celebrate inspirational people engaged in activities which enhance and protect the Hertfordshire countryside and its rural communities.

Our themes for 2022 nominations

For 2022 we would love to receive nominations for projects which

  • connect people with the countryside and their local green spaces
  • promote rural life and ensure that communities can thrive
  • improve or protect the environment

Nominees might be volunteer-based projects or events, community groups, individuals, or small businesses.

We have a new category too: our ‘Made in Herts’ Award will recognise excellence in sustainable farming and local foods, products using local materials, or traditional craftspeople and artists, in particular working in rural areas or with rural themes.

We also hope to make an Award for an outstanding project or activity run by or on behalf of young people (up to the age of 21) in the categories above.

Projects and activities nominated might involve –

  • Information, activities and facilities helping people to enjoy the countryside and green spaces, such as walks and information leaflets, and information boards
  • Guided walks, including health walks, and talks
  • Guided bicycle tours
  • Transport provision including car and minibus schemes
  • Looking after village halls and village greens
  • Restoring and looking after village playgrounds
  • Community gardens, orchards and allotments
  • Community events such as fairs and festivals
  • Community clubs and choirs, community libraries
  • Helping people of all ages enjoy new skills and interests
  • Groups campaigning against proposals which will damage the countryside or restrict public access
  • Litter picking
  • Enhancing places and biodiversity, including wildlife site and river management
  • Bird box schemes
  • Reuse, repair and recycle projects
  • Climate change action
  • Sustainable farming
  • Local food and drink
  • Products using local materials
  • Arts and crafts, especially with a rural theme

How to make a nomination

You can nominate an organisation or person in your community deserving recognition; you can also nominate yourself or the project or business you help to run. Download the nomination form or email us at office@cpreherts.org.uk to obtain a form.

The closing date for nominations is 31st May 2022.

What happens next?

Every nominee will receive a visit from one or more of our judges, so that we can find out more.  We would love to see groups at work or celebrating the places or products they have made.

Nominees may submit digital photographs in support of the nomination: this is optional. At a later date, we will contact nominees to obtain photos and/or to arrange for the judges to take photos themselves. Photo permissions will be confirmed at that time.

Representatives of all nominees will be invited to our Awards event in the autumn.

Examples of recent Award recipients

Hertfordshire’s countryside and its rural communities are enhanced in many different ways by numerous volunteer-led projects, individuals and businesses. You can read about previous Award nominees and recipients here.

One of our 2020 Awards went to The Friends of Halsey Field, shown in the photo at the top of this page. Their work was described by our judges as ‘an exceptional conservation project’. Soon after the Friends were established, the site was declared a Local Wildlife Site. Receiving the Award, the chair of the Friends said: ‘I think it will help secure its future. It will show the council what a wonderful place it is and that it needs to be preserved’.

Wigginton Village Shop and Cafe, recipient of an Award in 2019

After receiving a CPRE Hertfordshire Award in 2019, a spokesperson for Wigginton Village Shop and Café said: ‘We had a fantastic evening at County Hall with CPRE Hertfordshire celebrating some amazing people, organisations and businesses that are all adding so much to the communities they support and the countryside’.