Living Countryside Awards 2021 goes digital!

The Living Countryside Awards have always been a flagship event for CPRE Bedfordshire.

They are a chance to celebrate and recognise the people and projects that are benefiting our county’s rural environment and urban greenspaces. In 2021 the LCAs will be going digital! Due to Covid-19 and the uncertainty around social distancing and big gatherings we have decided to take the LCAs in a new direction to ensure we can reach as many people as possible.

There will be a strong focus on sharing knowledge and experiences and learning from each other and our aim is that the LCAs will:


Promote rural businesses and organisations

especially in light of the ongoing pandemic. We want to celebrate those organisations that are surviving and thriving despite the challenges, focusing on how they are doing this and what they can learn from each other.

Thatcher at work
Chris Dodson Thatching (Highly Commended: Sustainable Development 2018)

Connect projects and people

together to share their experience and knowledge and showcase their work with a wider audience. These will be a series of virtual events based on the needs of the nominees that will encourage collaborative working, knowledge sharing and learning

The Vale Academy, Dunstable (CPRE Mark Winner: Young People 2018)

Inspire others

to engage with local projects or develop their own ideas by establishing a resource on our website and follow up activities such as project updates on social media and features in Bedfordshire Matters magazine.

Sharnbrook Castle Close Wildlife and Heritage site (CPRE Mark Winner: Biodiversity and Landscape Improvement 2018)


More details will be announced early in 2021, when we will be looking for volunteers, sponsors and nominations.


Queens Park Community Orchard, Bedford (Highly Commended: Greening Urban Spaces 2018)
Quernmore landscape