The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Hampshire branch has launched its annual Countryside Awards.
This growing, vibrant awards scheme invites entries from projects that enhance the environment, such as recycling, conservation, access to the countryside and incorporating green credentials into business. Entry is via a simple, downloadable form at www.cprehampshire.org.uk.
The principal supporters of the scheme are Steve’s Leaves, a bunch of pioneering farmers who grow tasty, nutritious baby leaves. They do something called nature friendly farming, where 10% of the land is dedicated to nature and the creation of habitats to encourage wildlife.
Two new corporate sponsors have come on board in 2014. Radian supports a new category, ‘Green Buildings’, which will search for examples of good environmental practice in building design and construction. Andrea Smith, Director of Development & New Business at Radian said: “Alongside developing housing for local people, we hold similar values to CPRE in our common goal of developing sustainable communities through community development as well as through bricks and mortar. Radian has a long standing connection with innovation and sustainability both in refurbished and new build properties, and so we are proud to be sponsors of this new, ‘Green Buildings’.
|Dee Haas of CPRE Hampshire, the Right
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Southampton, Ivan White, with staff from Radian and the Round About Cafe.
Dutton Gregory Solicitors is the new sponsor for the Rural Enterprise category which is designed to discover the best in private and public sector activities benefiting Hampshire’s rural environment. Matt Gilks of Dutton Gregory Solicitors said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Rural Enterprise category of the Award scheme this year. As a progressive law firm we work with our clients to consider the opportunities for promoting environmental enhancement and protection. I am excited Dutton Gregory can support a showcase of the most thriving and vibrant enterprises to benefit our beautiful Hampshire environment."
The Southern Cooperative continues to support the Community and Voluntary category, which recognises the valuable role that community and voluntary organisations play in protecting the environment.
The fourth award category is open to Youth entries, from schools, clubs, colleges and individuals.
The launch event was held at The Round About Cafe, a not-for-profit community cafe near Southampton, supported by Radian. Dee Haas, chairman of CPRE Hampshire said: “This is exactly the kind of rural enterprise we hope to discover, through the awards scheme. The cafe acts as a community hub, which trains volunteers and aims to establish a financially-sustainable business model. It provides healthy meals, freshly made on the premises. They are also developing a local food trail to support local businesses and to reduce their carbon footprint.”
Dee continued: “The Countryside Awards have become very successful. They are designed to celebrate the achievements of those working to maintain and enhance Hampshire’s environment. Year after year we see new and exciting projects from across the county and we would encourage anyone who is eligible to enter.”
To find out more about the categories and entry criteria, please visit www.cprehampshire.org.uk, or telephone 01962 841897.
Notes to editors
1. A copy of the guidance notes for the awards is available on request to CPRE.
2. CPRE Hampshire is a small, local charity that stands up for your countryside. We work to influence how we plan our communities to make them better places to live and work, to ensure the countryside is protected for all to enjoy for now and future generations.
Affiliated to national CPRE, which works to influence central Government policy, CPRE Hampshire is run by a dedicated part-time staff and volunteers who care about the countryside.
3. Steve’s Leaves is a brand of Vitacress Salads Ltd. Steve’s Leaves are a bunch of pioneering farmers who grow tasty, nutritious baby leaves. We do something called nature friendly farming, where 10% of the land is dedicated to nature and the creation of habitats to encourage wildlife. Further information can be found on www.stevesleaves.co.uk. Make friends on facebook and follow Steve’s Leaves @stevesleaves on twitter.
4. The awards were originally launched in 2007 by CPRE Hampshire, with the support of Hampshire Fare, Hampshire Ambassadors (now Hampshire Enterprise Circle).
For all media enquiries, please contact:-
Media and Communications
Tel: 01730 894123
officer, CPRE Hampshire.
Mobile: 07876 780065
Michael Rescorle, Director,
Tel: 01962 841897
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