CPRE Gloucestershire awards

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. Nominations for our 2021 Awards are now open!

Our 2020 Awards were not deterred by Covid 19 restrictions. We adapted to the new normal and continued to deliver our much-loved award ceremony virtually, bringing some happiness and giving a morale boost to our county.

Instead of holding an awards ceremony as we normally would in a set venue, we took the awards presentation on the road with our Vice-Chair, Richard Lloyd visiting each of our Award projects individually to congratulate those involved and to hand over their plaque and certificates. Each visit has also been filmed and videos of these are now available on our YouTube channel

Watch our 2020 Awards video

Nominations for next year’s awards are now open.

Nominations 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.

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.

Previous award recipients on what the award means to them:

Bells Field “This award really is the icing on the cake for Coleford Town Council.  The Bells Field recreation scheme transformed a 9 acre field into a true community asset providing much needed leisure facilities and green open space for all ages of our community.  From the day we opened we have recognised the success that our community have placed on the scheme, but being recognised by a body like the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England really makes us proud – receiving the award was such a highlight for the team involved from inception to delivery” Cllr Nick Penny, Mayor of Coleford

Scarr Bandstand Project:Friends of Scarr Bandstand were thrilled to receive a CPRE award in 2019, in recognition of our work in restoring the bandstand and organising band concerts and other events for the community each summer. As a new organisation, it was very gratifying to receive recognition from CPRE, and a huge boost for our morale.  We are proud of the lovely CPRE plaque, and are delighted to be able to mention the CPRE award on all our publicity and marketing.”

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.

The awards ceremony takes place in the Autumn. In 2020 this was a virtual event due to Covid 19. We are hoping to have a ceremony in 2021 to invite all award recipients to.

“ This is an excellent awards scheme recognising innovative and important projects often completed through the diligence and dedication of volunteers and communities and its right that we highlight the good work that goes on” Viscount Rupert Bledisloe 

The deadline for award nominations this year is 31st August 2021. Nominations received after this date will be considered in next year’s awards.

You can download the nomination form with criteria below.