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Awards recipients in 2019

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:04

Westbury on Severn Parish Church Westbury on Severn Parish Church


Bells Field, Coleford – Forest of Dean District

Coleford is now the proud possessor of a splendid new 9 acre park.  Designed in close consultation with the local community, this is a park for all ages with a multi-games area, a trim trail, and an amphitheatre for small theatrical and musical events.  Great thought has gone into the landscaping and on enhancing biodiversity                
Citation: For an ambitious project, well planned and designed for a wide variety of community activities, incorporating a flood defence scheme and enhancing biodiversity

Chesterton Obelisk Protect – Cotswold District

In a joint project between Cirencester Town Council and community groups, the setting of the Chesterton obelisk has been transformed through a carefully thought out planting scheme.  An attractive walking route between the obelisk and the Roman amphitheatre has also been created.  The project was designed with community input and implemented largely by volunteers
Citation: For a community planting project which designed and created an attractive, biodiverse landscape setting for public access to the Chesterton Obelisk which had become a neglected relic, obscured by vegetation

Maisemore Milestones Restoration – Tewkesbury Borough

Through the initiative of the Maisemore Local History Society, and with the help of Gloucestershire County Council and a local contractor, three milestones on the former turnpike road from Gloucester to Worcester have been recovered, carefully restored and reinstated, bringing back features of historic interest to the parish
Citation: For the restoration of the three Maisemore milestones on the historic route into Gloucester by local people giving new life to a significant local feature

St Francis, Theescombe – Stroud District                  

A highly imaginative building project has applied a unique design solution to the remodelling of a Cotswold stone cottage and a garage at a lower level to create an outstanding, contemporary family home which respects its setting while taking full advantage of the outstanding views from the location
Citation: For the confidence to take on a very challenging development, and produce an elegant design solution that both takes advantage of and respects its setting, creating an elegant contemporary home

Scarr Bandstand, Sling – Forest of Dean District

The Forest of Dean is renowned for its brass bands.  Sling had its very own bandstand, the Scarr Bandstand, where local bands played for over 100 years but by the early 1980s it had become derelict.  Led by the Friends of Scarr Bandstand, the bandstand has been restored and music performances have restarted with great success
Citation: For the reinstatement of an historical site by volunteers with a vision for community gathering, surrounded by natural forest, used by all generations

The Barn at Severn and Wye, Chaxhill – Forest of Dean District
A former agricultural building has been converted to a new public area at the Severn and Wye Smokery.  On the ground floor is a fish market, chef’s larder, gift shop and café and on the floor above an open-plan restaurant.  Locally-sourced materials have been used wherever possible with thoughtful detailing of the finished building and the interior fitting out

Citation: For the completion of a thoughtful and well-designed restoration of traditional farm buildings to accommodate an elegant contemporary setting for The Smokery’s new restaurant and retail activities

Westbury on Severn church spire re-shingling - Forest of Dean District

Westbury on Severn church has a free-standing tower with a spire clad in oak shingles. Last renewed in 1938, by 2008 the shingles had reached the end of their life.  It has taken 10 years of tireless fund raising to get the necessary repairs completed. These were substantially more extensive than anticipated at an eventual cost of £1 million. The new shingles were locally sourced from the Forest of Dean                      
Citation: For the determination to complete a daunting conservation and repair project, bringing new life to this Westbury landmark, better management to the Church’s setting, and securing stronger links to the local community


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