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CPRE Gloucestershire Awards 2016

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 09:21

The Walled Garden, Stratford Park, Stroud The Walled Garden, Stratford Park, Stroud Richard lloyd

4 October 2016

Celebrating the county’s most outstanding
new developments and projects
 
Seven local developments and projects have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the environment and community in the annual Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Gloucestershire Awards.

The awards were presented on October 4th at a special event at the Gambier Parry Hall at Highnam in Gloucestershire.

Recipients range from Gloucester Services, for achieving a new sustainable model for motorway services, to the 13th century St Michael and All Angels Church in Tirley, near Tewkesbury. The church’s interior was destroyed by the 2007 floods, but has now been restored with flood protection measures.

The annual Awards celebrate recently-completed projects which are outstanding in their contribution to the environment or the local community, and which are exemplars of good practice.

Since the awards scheme was launched in 2007, CPRE Gloucestershire has highlighted a total of 52 innovative developments and projects throughout the county, including this year’s recipients.

CPRE Gloucestershire spokesman Richard Lloyd said: “We are delighted to be able to make seven Awards this year to a very diverse range of projects, all outstanding in their way.  It is good to be able to celebrate the inspiration and efforts of all those involved in these considerable achievements.”

2016 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Walled Garden Project, Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud
For years this Grade ll-listed walled garden lay hidden and abandoned behind the Museum in the Park in Stroud.

Now a new garden and learning centre have been created within these walls, with community and volunteer involvement throughout. The garden is fully accessible for people with disabilities.  

The Pavilion, a glass-fronted, energy-efficient learning centre, opened last year. The tiered garden features winding pathways, a rebuilt 18th century dipping pool, and a performance lawn for community activities, plus a small orchard with rare varieties of Gloucestershire apples and pears.  The Walled Garden opens to the public this Saturday (October 8th).

Museum Development Manager Kevin Ward said: “We are so pleased to receive this award from CPRE Gloucestershire. The Award reflects both the success in bringing a derelict outdoor space back to life and doing so with the support and involvement of the local community.”

The Green Shop, Frampton on Severn
In December 2014 Frampton on Severn’s last remaining shop closed its doors. But the village fought back, opening The Green Shop - a testament to how local co-operation can help maintain shops in rural communities.

The Frampton Court Estate provided an area of land for a new shop on Frampton’s famous village green, and financially supported building the shop, which is run as a commercial business.

Great care has been taken with the design - the building is largely of timber, with materials sourced from the Estate. The shop stocks local produce, and villagers showcase arts and crafts. There are now plans to re-establish a Post Office there.

“We are absolutely delighted that CPRE Gloucestershire has honoured The Green Shop with an award and are very pleased to see the innovation and hard work of their partners in the project acknowledged,” said Peter Clifford, of Frampton Court Estate.

Gloucester Services
Gloucester Services on the M5 set out to achieve a new sustainable model for motorway services - and achieved this admirably.

The design integrates the buildings into the landscape, with Cotswold stone walls and green roofs sown with a seed mix to complement surrounding vegetation, and biodiversity fostered by the choice of roof cover plants. Over time, extensive tree planting around the parking areas will screen vehicles.

Interiors are spacious, light, airy and quiet. Food is locally sourced as far as possible, helping the local economy, while the local community benefits by receiving a percentage of the sales.

Chief Executive Sarah Dunning said: “We’re delighted to receive a CPRE Award. Ensuring a sensitive approach to our landscape and environment has been a cornerstone of the design of Gloucester Services. CPRE is rightly protective of its environment and so it is wonderful that they value the approach we have taken.”

Stroud Rural Sustainable Drainage Project
The Stroud Rural Sustainable Drainage Project sees Gloucestershire leading the way in natural flood management.

The project, set up in response to the 2007 floods, is run by Stroud District Council in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council and the Environment Agency.

It involves working closely with landowners and local partners such as Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the National Trust and the University of Gloucestershire to implement and publicise a range of simple measures to slow the rate that water flows in streams that run into the River Frome, reducing the risk of flooding downsteam.

Chris Uttley of Stroud District Council said: “This award is tangible recognition of the partnership work in this project, particularly the determination and support of the local community, the generosity of local landowners and farm tenants, and the work of Stroud District Council and partners.

“We are very grateful to CPRE Gloucestershire for recognising how natural flood management can bring organisations and communities together to reduce flooding and improve water quality and the environment.”

Berry Hill Community Orchard
In Berry Hill in the Forest of Dean, volunteers have transformed an area of waste ground into a community orchard.

Located on Forestry Commission land leased to West Dean Parish Council, an imaginative new space has been created thanks to community effort and enthusiasm, and generous help from local businesses.

Paths have been laid out with benches, and varieties of Gloucestershire fruit trees and fruit bushes planted. Biodiversity is enhanced through bird and bat boxes and ground cover planting. The area is already well used by groups such as the local primary school and the Scouts.

Jo Revill, secretary of Berry Hill Community Orchard said: “We are very fortunate in Berry Hill to have such wonderful community spirit -  everyone has an ambition to make things better for the next generation.

 “For our community to be receiving recognition for all that hard work, and from such a prestigious organisation as CPRE, is such an honour.”

Renishaw Innovation Centre
Renishaw Engineering’s Innovation Centre, at the company’s headquarters near Wotton-under Edge, is fine example of sustainable design and construction.

Opened last year, the building sits low in the landscape, minimising its impact. It’s very well insulated and mechanically heated, cooled and ventilated, with windows shaded to reduce solar gain. An important element is an extensive solar array on the roof and walls.

CPRE Gloucestershire has funded a national initiative with the solar industry to produce a good practice guide on the aesthetics of solar installations on buildings - Renishaw Innovation Centre is a case study.  The guide and an accompanying shorter version aimed at householders are being launched at the Clean Energy Live event at the NEC in Birmingham, also today.

Renishaw spokesman Chris Pockett said: “As the largest business employer in Gloucestershire we are determined to minimise the impact of our operations in the heart of a beautiful rural community.

“That our 153,000 sq ft Innovation Centre is receiving a CPRE Award is testament to the care that we have taken to meet our responsibilities to the countryside without compromising business performance.”

Tirley Church
The great flood of 2007 effectively destroyed the interior to the 13th century St Michael and All Angels Church in Tirley. The church is historically and architecturally very significant and Grade 1 listed.

Undaunted, the Parochial Church Council, their architect, the diocese and insurers agreed to fundraise and undertake a radical re-ordering of the church, to make it flood proof and provide a community building.

The work was done with great care and sensitivity and to exceptionally high standards. Subsequent flooding has demonstrated that the protection measures work!

Church Warden Jennifer Clutterbuck said: “As a Christian I believe there’s always a silver lining and you have to trust in God to help you find it.

“Following the devastating flood, we were able to re-order our church and bring it in line with the moving Christian world of the 21st century. To receive a CPRE Award and be recognised for this makes our silver lining golden.”

NOTES TO EDITORS
 
Media contact: CPRE Gloucestershire Vice-Chairman Richard Lloyd on 01454 613302 /07772 744461 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
CPRE is a campaigning organisation, a charity promoting the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural England. Unlike many environmental charities, CPRE has no vested interests, owns no land and relies solely on donations and grants. It is politically independent and welcomes new members.

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