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Living Countryside Awards

Abbey Fields Roundabout Group - winner: Better Places To Live

The CPRE Bedfordshire Living Countryside Awards provide a great opportunity to build relationships with local projects, organisations and businesses.


Ways in which we use the Living Countryside Awards to work with you:


Keeping in touch

  • We regularly catch up with entrants to find out what winning an award has meant to them and what they have been doing since. Read a feature on our 2018 entrants
  • We follow all our entrants on social media and continue to share posts about their work and events. Just tag us in if there is something you would particularly like us to share to help you reach a wider audience.


Guest bloggers

We invite previous entrants to contribute to our blog. Our website is a great way to share your work with more people, blog posts are also highlighted in our monthly emails to members and supporters.

  • In 2021 our blog posts looked at the theme of regeneration. We were delighted to feature posts from Edible High Town in Luton, and the Forest of Marston Vale.
  • In 2022 we will be focusing on the flora of Bedfordshire from wildflowers to woodlands and hedgerows to fungi. Guest blogs are invited from all former entrants – get in touch with our digital engagement officer via to find out more.


Connecting you

We want to bring entrants together to learn from each other. Sometimes this happens via events we organise and sometimes it happens more organically, as entrants get in touch with each other having discovered projects doing similar things to them. The summaries on our website give a flavour of what all the entrants are doing.


Resourcing you

  • In 2021 we worked with a local film maker to produce a short film for each of the winning projects. These enabled the winners to engage with their supporters in a new way.
  • We also provided graphics to use on social media so that entrants could share the news of their involvement and invite their supporters to vote for them in the Bedfordshire Choice Award.
  • A Living Countryside Awards brochure showcases all the entrants. We also feature the awards in our magazine for members, Bedfordshire Matters.



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