Introducing the 2021 Living Countryside Awards

The CPRE Bedfordshire Living Countryside Awards celebrate the people and projects making a difference across the county.

The award categories have been refreshed this year and there is a new digital focus to help us celebrate more projects, connect the nominees and inspire action.

Find out more about the categories below. We’ve included some examples of the kinds of projects we’re looking for in each category.

Better places to live

Recognising projects that make Bedfordshire a better place to live.

This could include:

  • Cleaner countryside i.e. litter picking projects /  waste reduction
  • Regeneration of Urban Green spaces
  • Creative use of brownfield sites
  • Community responses to the Climate Emergency
  • Local Action Groups standing up for the countryside
  • Tree or wildflower planting
Edible High Town
Edible High Town, Luton (Highly Commended, 2018)

Connecting people and countryside

Recognising innovative ways of improving access to the countryside and enabling people to connect with nature.

This could include:

  • Protecting habitats and improving biodiversity
  • Regenerating health and wellbeing projects that use the countryside or urban green spaces
  • Sustainable transport schemes that improve access to and from rural areas
  • Projects that improve access to the countryside
Tiddenfoot Waterside Park (CPRE Mark, 2018)

Made in Bedfordshire

Recognising local producers of food, drink, arts and crafts who through their work, either directly or indirectly enhance the rural environment and the rural economy.

This could include:

  • Food or drink that is produced locally
  • Makers of traditional crafts
  • Artists that are inspired by nature or the countryside
  • Groups that support or inspire the development of local makers
Bevistan Dairy (CPRE Mark, 2018)

Inspiring young people

Recognising projects by or for young people which inspire and encourage engagement with the natural world.

This could include:

  • School gardens, gardening clubs etc.
  • Education projects in out of school contexts – e.g. forest schools, heritage sites etc.
  • Community initiatives or campaigns led by young people
  • Organisations and schools providing opportunities for young people to connect with nature
  • Young people who inspire others to take action or get involved in the natural world
The Vale Academy, Dunstable (CPRE Mark, 2018)

Bedfordshire Choice Award

The project that best promotes a living and thriving countryside as chosen by the people of Bedfordshire.



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Colmworth Country Park (Highly Commended, 2018)
Quernmore landscape