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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;

·         Rushmere 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 Bedfordshire.)


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 lieutenancy.”

 

Mrs Nellis also remarked on the huge commitment volunteers give to the many community projects highlighted by the Awards.

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