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In pictures: Living Countryside Award winners celebrate

Back in July we unveiled the winners of this year’s CPRE Bedfordshire Living Countryside Awards.

Since then, our team have been out and about to present some of the plaques and certificates to the winners. We’ve enjoyed seeing the projects again, meeting and celebrating with volunteers, and being able to give feedback from our judges.


Friends of Harrold Odell Country Park

The Friends of Harrold-Odell Country Park were joint winners in the Keep it Wild category. Our judges praised the sense of community amongst the volunteers and the variety of ways in which they are engaging visitors with the biodiversity of the country park.

CPRE Bedfordshire Director, Lois Wright presents the Friends with their plaque.

Aragon Lacemakers

Aragon Lacemakers received a Highly Commended award in the Made in Bedfordshire Category. CPRE Bedfordshire Director, Lois Wright shared some feedback with the group, particularly praising the work they have done to reach new audiences including young people.

The plaque and certificate were presented at a meeting of the group in September.

Warden Abbey Vineyard

Warden Abbey Vineyard won the Made in Bedfordshire Category. Our judges were impressed by the emphasis on inclusion and wellbeing for both volunteers and visitors, alongside preserving Bedfordshire’s heritage.

CPRE Bedfordshire trustee, John English, with volunteers at Warden Abbey Vineyard.


Edible High Town

Edible High Town were Highly Commended in the Grassroots and Green shoots category. They were praised for their engagement with local residents and the variety of projects that they work on.

Edible High Town receiving their plaque.

Inclusive Farm

Inclusive Farm were our Grassroots and Green Shoots category winners. The highlights for our judges were the inspiring can-do attitude of the team and the way the project could act as a blueprint for others to follow.

Celebrating with Inclusive Farm.

Friends of Studham Common

The Friends of Studham Common were Highly Commended in the Keep it Wild Category. They were praised for their conservation work.

The Friends celebrated both their Green Flag and Living Countryside Awards success.


See the 2023 Living Countryside Awards results in full.


Making the presentation at Warden Abbey Vineyard.