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CPRE Bedfordshire held its bi-annual awards evening on 3rd October 2018 in the Harpur Suite at Bedford Corn Exchange with over 100 people attending. The awards were presented by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis. Also present was the Deputy Mayor of Luton Cllr Mark Rivers.

The 2018 Living Countryside Awards saw the biggest number of applications yet with 32 projects shortlisted across six categories (Biodiversity & landscape Improvement, Local Food & Drink, Young People, Greening Urban Spaces, Health & Wellbeing, Sustainable Enterprise)

Ten entrants were awarded the top accolade – a CPRE Mark. These ranged from a school putting outdoor learning at the heart of the curriculum to locally roasted coffee and covered the whole county from Luton to Sharnbrook.

CPRE Mark Winners:
Groundwork East – special award for a diverse range of projects and initiatives
Castle Close, Sharnbrook (Biodiversity & Landscape Improvement)
Tiddenfoot Waterside Park (Biodiversity & Landscape Improvement)
Incredible Edible, Dunstable (Greening Urban Spaces)
The Vale Academy, Dunstable (Young People)
Mrs Middleton’s Salad Dressings (Local Food & Drink)
Wooden Hill Coffee Company (Local Food & Drink)
Bevistan Dairy (Local Food & Drink)
Penrose Roots (Health & Wellbeing)
Dunstable Men in Sheds (Health & Wellbeing)


Highly Commended:

Shelton Lower School  (Young People)
Young Falconers, Wilstead  (Young People)
Greensand Trust Young Rangers  (Young People)
Companions Real Bread  (Local Food & Drink)
Black Cat Farm Shop  (Local Food & Drink)
Morgan Pell Meats  (Local Food & Drink)
Chris Dodson Thatching  (Sustainable Enterprise)
Chute Farm  (Biodiversity & Landscape Improvement)
Colmworth Country Park  (Biodiversity & Landscape Improvement)
Houghton Hall Park (Biodiversity & Landscape Improvement)
Friends of Bedford Cemetery (Biodiversity & Landscape Improvement)
Edible High Town (Greening Urban Spaces)
Queens Park Community Orchard  (Greening Urban Spaces)



Bedford Modern Junior School Eco Club  (Young People)
Mile Road Allotments  (Health & Well being)
Walk 4 Health  (Health & Well being)
The Barn, Cardington  (Sustainable Enterprise)
Waypost Wood, Cranfield  (Biodiversity & Landscape Improvement)
Bletsoe Lady Smockers  Biodiversity & Landscape Improvement
Colmworth Gardening Club (Greening Urban Spaces)
Regent St / Mile Ave Community Garden (Greening Urban Spaces)
Lewsey Park  (Greening Urban Spaces)


A brochure featuring all of the shortlisted entrants can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Our Facebook photo album can be found here.

KSK Bedford were the headline sponsors for the awards and also sponsored the Biodiversity & Landscape Improvement and Young People categories. Health & Wellbeing was sponsored by Free Range Design & Print Solutions, Sustainable Enterprise by BedsLife magazine, Greening Urban Spaces by Woodfines, Local Food & Drink by Sharnbrook Hotel.

Thursday, 20 September 2018 10:12

Living Countryside Awards 2018 - our sponsors


We are delighted to announce our sponsors for the 2018 Living Countryside Awards.


Introducing this year’s shortlisted entrants. We’ve included links to their websites and social media accounts so that you can get to know them better. Click on each category heading to find out more about the criteria for each award. Entrants are listed alphabetically by category.

Thursday, 16 August 2018 08:17

Living Countryside Awards 2018 - update


Our judges and the CPRE Bedfordshire team have now finished visiting the shortlisted entrants. 

The diversity of projects this year has been truly remarkable and the visits have been inspiring and fascinating in equal measure.

Thursday, 21 June 2018 10:50

Applications now closed


Applications are now closed for the 2018 Living Countryside Awards.

Thursday, 24 May 2018 08:44

Entries close 15th June


The deadline is fast approaching for entries to our prestigious Living Countryside Awards which recognise and reward people and projects that make a positive impact in our county.

Thursday, 12 April 2018 08:14

Greening Urban Spaces


Greening Urban Spaces is a new award for 2018 set up to recognise initiatives which seek to enhance our urban spaces.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 15:27

Sustainable Enterprise


This award recognises enterprises that bring benefits to the local economy, environment and community.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 08:49

Young People


We introduced an award aimed at schools and the recognising the efforts of young people in our 2016 awards.

For 2018 we have broadened the category so that it now recognises a wider range of projects by or for young people which encourage engagement with the natural world.

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