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Living Countryside Awards 2018 winners announced

Monday, 08 October 2018 09:12

Bedford Modern Junior School Eco Club - Commended - Young People Bedford Modern Junior School Eco Club - Commended - Young People Barry Halton


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 & Wellbeing)
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.

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