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CPRE Gloucestershire runs an Awards scheme to promote high standards of development and management of land

Do you know of any recently completed projects in Gloucestershire’s towns, villages and countryside which are really outstanding in their contribution to the environment or to the local community and should be specially recognised? If so, CPRE Gloucestershire would like to hear about them.

CPRE Gloucestershire Awards recognise and celebrate projects which are exemplars of good practice. Nominations for Awards are welcome from any source - community, private, voluntary sector or partnerships of organisations - but must have the approval of the owner. Projects should demonstrate sustainability, involve improvements to the environment, whether natural or built, and be visible from public places.

An independent panel of judges will review the projects nominated, based on three broad categories:

  1. well considered buildings – new, restored or converted;
  2. innovative use of natural resources, including land and water;
  3. projects developed by or for the local community.

Projects may cover more than one category

Examples might be:

  • a community shop, recreation facility, village hall or heritage project;
  • buildings which fit their setting, are good examples of sustainable construction and efficient in the use of energy;
  • a new nature reserve or habitat with public access;
  • a community orchard, re-establishing old varieties of fruit;
  • water management projects such as wetland creation, reedbed sewage treatment, or a sustainable drainage system;
  • projects that encourage access to local countryside.

All projects meeting the criteria for judging will receive the CPRE Gloucestershire Award. This comprises an attractive plaque for permanent display and certificates for the key players in each project. These are presented once a year at a special ceremony.

The CPRE Gloucestershire Awards scheme is not a competition. Rather, it is a way of recognising excellence in projects and there is no set number of Awards in any one year. The nomination form with criteria for judges can be downloaded below.

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Awards recipients in 2018

Written by Local Group Web Manager: Richard Lloyd


Greystones Farm Discovery Centre – Cotswold District

The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Greystones Farm is a place where people of all ages can discover what’s special about the Cotswolds countryside and learn about its wildlife and history. Farm buildings have been imaginatively converted to provide a hands-on education centre. The meadows are grazed and milk from the cows used to make single Gloucester cheese

Citation: For a project combining renovation of farm buildings, wildlife conservation and development of ‘old skills,’ creating a sustainable community and educational centre, used by all ages, helped by volunteers and continuing the work previously carried out at Greystones Farm and to the same high standard

Hayles Abbey Halt – Tewkesbury Borough

Hayles Abbey Halt closed in 1960 when the local railway service ceased.  Located on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway it has now been rebuilt, reopening in 2017.  The structure of the new halt faithfully follows that of the original. Its construction was undertaken entirely by volunteers with meticulous attention to detail

Citation: For planning and implementing the reconstruction of a missing feature on the Goucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway with local support and involvement, and completed by volunteer labour in less than a year

Kings Lodge, Cinderford – Forest of Dean District

92 homes have been built on a brown field site in a mix of house types and tenures. The development is contemporary in its visual appearance, and with a well-chosen palate of external materials has achieved a distinct character and sense of place. The properties are also highly energy efficient being built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level Four

Citation: For the completion of a well- designed partnership housing project that has transformed a derelict brownfield site into an attractive environment for sustainable living

The Raymond Fenton Centre – Cotswold District

The Centre is a new youth and community building in South Cerney, designed to a brief from the Parish Council and with community input. It comprises an indoor sports hall, a café with an outside area, and a smaller ‘group’ room.  The building looks good, fits in well with its surroundings, admirably meets the various space requirements, and is highly energy efficient

Citation: For planning a community centre with local consultation, which sits sympathetically within new residential properties, is well designed, energy efficient and used by the local community for a variety of pursuits

Tewkesbury Nature Reserve – Tewkesbury Borough

A 114 acre wetland reserve along the River Swilgate, the brainchild of local residents who saw the potential of this flood prone area to enhance wildlife and provide a real asset for the community.  Following the setting up of a Trust in 2012 and advice from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, the reserve has been created and is managed through volunteers

Citation: For planning, implementing and managing the creation of an extensive wetland nature reserve with public involvement and benefit

Whittington Close, St Briavels – Forest of Dean District

Nine affordable homes on a rural exception site which benefited greatly from early engagement with the community.  This influenced the design of the development. The properties are deliberately small scale with a reduced eaves height and with dormers and hips to break up the roof line and follow the vernacular style of the older parts of the village

Citation: For engaging with partners and the community in developing design principles leading to the planning, construction and letting of affordable housing in a rural village

The CPRE Gloucestershire Awards were launched in 2007

The full list of Award recipients from 2007 to 2018 is listed in this section.

There is also a link at the foot of this section to more detailed information and photographs of the projects


The CPRE Gloucestershire Awards were launched in 2007. These are our Award recipients by year.

Presented in 2008

Bourne Mills, Brimscombe

Brockweir and Hewelsfield Community Shop

Brockworth Court Tithe Barn

Cud Hill Common, Upton St Leonards

Priory Gardens, Gloucester

Southrop Manor Barns


Presented in 2009

Arlingham Horseshoe Project

Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden

Dunkirk Millponds Restoration, Nailsworth

Hartpury Orchard Centre


Toddington Village Hall

Presented in 2010

The Wharf House and Over Canal Basin

Greenshop Group Headquarters, Bisley

Saintbridge Wildlife Nature Reserve

Nailsworth townscape improvements

Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint improvements

Presented in 2011

Down Ampney Village Shop

Greystones Farm Nature Reserve

Horsley 3 in 1 Project

Longborough Village Shop

Rendcomb Village Hall

Stanway Watermill

Winchcombe Flood Relief works

Presented in 2012

Wormington to Sapperton Gas Pipeline Project

Repair of Mickla Bridge

The Wallbridge Project

Day's Cottage Orchard and Orchard Skills Centre

Chedworth Roman Villa Revealed Project

Tirlebrook Barn, Pamington barn conversion reveived a commendation

Presented in 2013

Kingshill Meadow housing scheme, Cirencester

Meysey Hampton Memorial Hall

Stonesfield Close, Southrop

Churchdown Park Ponds

Presented in 2014

Applewood housing scheme, Cashes Green

Capel's Mill Canal Realignment

The Gillyflower, Elmore Court

Hartpury Village Hall and Play Area

Laurie Lee Wildlife Way

The Westonbirt Project

Presented in 2015

Coln Valley Village Hall

Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Area

Rural Innovation Centre, Harnhill

Tirley Pressure Reduction Installation

Sly's Close, Northleach

Whitecroft Railway Station

Presented in 2016

Berry Hill Community Orchard

Gloucester Services

Renishaw Innovation Centre

Reordering of St Michael and All Angels church, Tirley

Stroud Rural Sustainable Drainage Project

The Green Shop, Frampton on Severn

Walled Garden Project, Stratford Park, Stroud

Presented in 2017

Dursley Tree House

Ham Hill Lock Restoration

Horsley Play Project

Kingswood Village Allotments

Little Pinnolds Holdiday Cottage

Minchinhampton RFC Clubhouse

Plusterwine and Alvington Court Farm Saltmarsh Creation Project

STIHL Treetop Walkway

Stoke Orchard Community Centre

Vegetable Matters Farm Shop



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