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Why apply for the Living Countryside Awards?

We take a look at some the benefits that the Living Countryside Awards can bring to applicants and nominees.


  • The Living Countryside Awards are a great opportunity to share your work with others and engage with new audiences.
  • Nominees will be able to use a range of specially created digital assets to show that their work has been recognised.
  • We will celebrate entrants on our website and social media channels.
  • Finalists will be invited to take part in making a short film (5-10 mins) about their project. This will be organised by CPRE Bedfordshire and applicants will be able to use the finished films to promote their projects.
  • We will follow through after the awards with project updates and features on our website and in our magazine Bedfordshire Matters.
Friends of Bedford Cemetery – Highly Commended, Biodiversity & Landscape Improvement (2018) “It’s nice to get recognition, for people to see that you’ve achieved something.”


  • We will provide opportunities to come together with other nominees to share experience and knowledge.
  • A series of virtual events based on the needs of the nominees will be developed to encourage collaborative working, knowledge sharing and learning.
Bletsoe Lady Smockers – Commended, Biodiversity & Landscape Improvement (2018) “It was exciting to get the award and we were so proud to tell the village about it and received kind comments. It has given us confidence to carry on the work and begin to try some new things”.


  • A chance to showcase your project to potential volunteers, supporters and customers.
  • Inspire others to set up their own local projects.
  • The Living Countryside Awards provide recognition for existing volunteers and / or staff.
Chris Dodson Thatching – Highly Commended, Sustainable Enterprise (2018) “Our involvement in the Sustainable Enterprise section, always reminds me of how as a business we should operate. There is sustainability in enterprise, training and so on, as well as trying to source materials from sustainable sources.”



More information

Find out about the categories in this year’s awards.

Everything you need to know about how to apply or nominate a project.

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