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Sustainable Enterprise

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 15:27

Warden Abbey Community Vineyard Warden Abbey Community Vineyard Barry Halton


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

This could include:

  • Not for profit / community schemes
  • Traditional crafts
  • Innovative use of locally sourced materials
  • Eco tourism projects

Projects should be able to demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Strong community involvement in the running of and/or setting up of the project
  • Use of locally sourced materials
  • Make a positive contribution to the local economy, environment or community life
  • Promote the area as a tourist destination or place to spend quality time
  • Work in harmony with the local landscape and heritage
  • Evidence of active attempt to reduce the resource footprint (do more with less)


Pictured is Warden Abbey Community Vineyard which won a CPRE Mark in the Sustainable Enterprise Category in 2016.

Our judges wrote: This five acre field was first planted with vines in medieval times by the Cistercian monks of Warden Abbey. Centuries later, from the mid 1980s to 2008, it was again producing award-winning wines for the Whitbread family and now it is having a new lease of life as a project run by the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity. The vineyard is managed as a not-for-profit educational and community resource by a Friends group who tend the vines by hand and run tours and events. They also provide opportunities for volunteers looking for work experience and link with local historic gardens to offer experience of vine pruning to their apprentice gardeners.


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