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CPRE Gloucestershire launches tenth years of Awards

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 09:02

The Green Shop, Frampton on Severn The Green Shop, Frampton on Severn

8 February 2017

The Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Gloucestershire Branch is seeking nominations for its 2017 Awards, which celebrate the very best of the county’s building developments and projects.

CPRE Gloucestershire’s Awards – now in their tenth year - recognise developments which are outstanding in their contribution to the environment or the local community, and which are exemplars of good practice.  This year’s programme was launched on February 3rd at The Green Shop in Frampton on Severn – one of seven projects celebrated in last year’s awards.  

After Frampton’s last shop closed, the Clifford Family of Frampton Court Estate intervened and provided land and financial support to build a new shop overlooking the village green. The new building, which opened in 2015, was praised by judges as a testament to how local co-operation can help keep village shops alive.  

“The Green Shop is just one of a range of excellent developments honoured by CPRE Gloucestershire last year,” said Mike Mackey, Chairman of CPRE Gloucestershire. “And it’s a very fitting place to be launching our 2017 Awards.”

"So many rural villages have lost their shops that there was a determination that Frampton should not follow suit,” said Rollo Clifford of the Frampton Court Estate.  “The result, situated on the iconic village green, is the Green Shop, stylish in design, built in part with local timber and up and running with a range of goods and services. We were delighted that the shop was honoured in last year’s CPRE Gloucestershire Awards. The awards do a great service in highlighting innovative community projects such as ours."

Other CPRE Gloucestershire Award recipients in 2016 were the Walled Garden Project at Stroud Museum, Gloucester Services, Renishaw Innovation Centre near Wotton-under-Edge, the Stroud Rural Sustainable Drainage Project, Berry Hill Community Orchard in the Forest of Dean, and St Michael and All Angels Church in Tirley.

Since its awards scheme first began in 2007, CPRE Gloucestershire has celebrated and highlighted 52 innovative developments throughout the county.

Nominations for the CPRE Gloucestershire Awards are welcome from the community, private or voluntary sector, or partnerships of organisations. Nominations must have the approval of the owner, and the deadline for submissions for 2017 is early August.

Mike Mackey added “If readers know of any recently-completed projects in Gloucestershire’s towns, villages and countryside which deserve recognition, we would like to hear about them.” 

Successful projects are presented with an attractive plaque for permanent display and certificates for the key players in each project, at a special Autumn ceremony.

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