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? Why not nominate them for a CPRE Gloucestershire award!
2021 CPRE Gloucestershire Awards
Our annual awards have been running since 2008. Each year we recognise and celebrate projects across Gloucestershire which demonstrate sustainability and have resulted in significant improvements to the environment and facilities for communities.
Five awards were presented this year, at our 14th annual awards ceremony on Wednesday 10th November at Gambier Parry Hall in Highnam. Each project received a certificate and a plaque for display at the project site.
The award recipients were:
Leaf & Ground
Leaf & Ground in Dursley is a former garden centre, and this and the adjoining land has been transformed into an outstanding visitor destination and asset for the residents of Dursley. At its heart is a high-quality new garden centre and shop, a delicatessen and café, and visitors can also enjoy a lakeside walk and more extensive trails over 20 acres including woodland. Children can play in the fort and there are 32 allotments for the local community.
Award citation: In recognition of the imagination required to identify the potential of this location, and the dedication and skill needed in achieving both quality of execution and joy to its visitors.
Llanthony Secunda Priory Re-formation
Llanthony Secunda Priory is the remains of a once important Augustinian Priory founded in 1136. It is a scheduled ancient monument. The historic buildings had fallen into decay while their surroundings were occupied by industrial uses. The Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust has transformed the area sensitively restoring listed buildings and landscaping the surrounding grounds including a re-imagining of a medieval physic garden.
Award citation: In recognition of the vision and persistence needed to deliver a complex project resulting in the sensitive restoration of historic buildings, and the provision of a green oasis for the people of Gloucester.
Ozleworth Park Estate
Ozleworth Park Estate has embarked on an ambitious project to improve the environment and manage the estate sustainably. The work has embraced drystone walling, hedgerow restoration, new planting, new areas of woodland, new ponds, management and restoration of limestone grassland, and measures to support pollinators and farmland birds. The project has admirably demonstrated that farming and conservation can go hand in hand.
Award citation: For the achievements of the Ozleworth Park Estate in conserving and enhancing the landscape and biodiversity, and putting into practice the principles of environmental land management.
Reintroduction of the Large Blue Butterfly to Rodborough Common
Large Blue butterflies have been reintroduced to Rodborough Common in the largest single re-introduction so far. The key to this success has been dedicated partnership working between the National Trust, the commoners and statutory and voluntary organisations, and funders which included meticulous research to properly understand the exacting habitat requirements of the butterfly and how they can be created and sustained.
Award citation: For the successful re-creation of suitable habitat and consequent reintroduction of Large Blue butterflies on Rodborough Common through a combination of organisations working together.
Robinswood Hill Welcome and Visitor Centre
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s HQ is at Robinswood Hill Country Park. With sustainable construction at its heart the building has been imaginatively transformed into an enhanced HQ and a new multiuse community space and café. More visitors are now enjoying the hill, more space is available for Trust staff and volunteers, and events and education programmes have been expanded, benefiting young people and school groups.
Award citation: For providing an attractive new building constructed with sustainability at its heart which has enabled the local community, school groups and other visitors of all ages to enjoy enhanced facilities at Robinswood Hill Country Park.
It was lovely to be able to hold an in-person awards ceremony again this year. Our awards were followed by afternoon tea and a chance for our projects to share their work.
Event photos by Andrew Higgins/Thousand Word Media
CPRE Gloucestershire Awards 2020
Last year’s 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
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:
- well considered buildings – new, restored or converted;
- innovative use of natural resources, including land and water;
- 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.
“ 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 2022 award nominations is 31st August 2022.
You can download the nomination form with criteria below. Please email your nomination form to email@example.com