CPRE presents its 2012 Living Countryside Awards
The Bedfordshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England
held its 5th 2012 Awards ceremony at Sandy Lodge, the RSPB
headquarters, on Friday 12th October.
Distinguished guests included the Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis,
the Chair of Central Bedfordshire Council Angela Barker and Dr Mike
Clarke, Chief Executive of the RSPB who presented the Awards. He
said: “I am delighted to host these excellent Awards in our
historic Meeting Room in front of such a large and enthusiastic
crowd and to be working with CPRE locally as well as nationally.”
He then discussed a number of issues of common interest on which
the RSPB is currently working in Bedfordshire.
This year’s bumper crop of 26 entries were once again all of a
high standard but four received the top award, the CPRE Mark.
Dr Clarke was visibly delighted to give the top Awards to:
· The Community
Tree Trust for Landscape Improvement/Sustainable Living;
· Rectory Farm
Wilden for Landscape Improvement;
Country Park, Leighton Buzzard for Landscape Improvement; and
· Unity Hall,
Barton-le-Clay for Historic and New Buildings.
A further 16 Awards were given to other projects. (Full list of
all Awards attached showing their locations within
Helen Nellis, Lord Lieutenant who gave the vote of thanks said:
“Having seen this fantastic slideshow of all the projects, I am so
impressed with the range of examples across the county of schemes
to improve the landscape, maintain its biodiversity and to enhance
its character through good building design and restoration. I am
looking forward to visiting many of them during my
Mrs Nellis also remarked on the huge commitment volunteers give
to the many community projects highlighted by the Awards.