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About the 2017 Countryside Awards

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 09:19

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“It is hugely exciting to see the varied projects where groups of dedicated and imaginative people enhance the life of our Sussex communities and the beauty and nature of our landscape. To judge the entries for the CPRE Sussex Awards is a rare privilege. ”
Lady Egremont, Judge

Call for entries

The CPRE Sussex Award scheme provides the opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the very best projects and enterprises that make an outstanding contribution to our beautiful and diverse countryside and its communities. If you know of a project you think is worthy of an award please enter.

The Awards

The Countryside Awards are open to any project or enterprise, large or small, completed between December 2010 and January 2017. The closing date for entries is 18 April 2017.

The Awards Ceremony will be held at Petworth House (above), the home of the CPRE Sussex President, Lord Egremont on the evening of Wednesday, 11th October 2017. Winners in each category will receive a Highly Commended or Commended Certificate. The top winners in each category will receive the full award of a plaque and a certificate.


The judging panel will be looking for:

  • a positive contribution to the countryside or rural communities
  • innovation
  • design sympathetic and sensitive to its environment
  • enhancement of landscapes and biodiversity
  • distinctive and exciting enterprises
  • projects which are educational and informative

Previous winners include

Oldland Mill, Sussex Prairie Garden, Ringmer Community College, Slinden Forge and the Sussex Produce company.

Nick Hempleman, owner of The Sussex Produce Company, said: “Thank-you for this award – it is tremendously well deserved, not for us, but for our customers who support us; which enables us to support local producers and suppliers and to employ local people too.”

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The Categories

Rural Enterprise

This Award is to recognize businesses that are making outstanding contributions to rural communities. We are looking for social enterprises or commercial, community-run and not-for-profit organisations which are providing opportunities for local employment, local cultural and recreational activities, food and farming (including village shops and pubs) or environmental improvement.

Environmental Education

This category is open to all Sussex schools and colleges. We are looking for inspiring projects that contribute to the protection, conservation or improvement of the environment. This may be through practical conservation work, energy saving, waste reduction, recycling, sustainable transport schemes or self-sufficiency. We are especially interested in any original ideas for the protection or enhancement of the environment.

New Sussex Landscapes

Projects enhancing the beauty of the landscape or contributing to a net increase in biodiversity are what we are looking for in this category. We would like to see examples of innovative use of natural resources and habitat management, conservation and restoration. Examples of farms or types of land management encouraging wildlife would be welcomed.

The Making Places Design Award

This Award is open to all sustainable construction projects completed since 2010, whether new, building restoration, or conservation projects. We are looking for good design which is sympathetic to its locality and topography, which is resource efficient and has a positive effect on biodiversity. We would be particularly keen to see projects where the local community has been involved in the design process.

The Peter Brandon Award

Given, in memory of our past president Dr Peter Brandon, this Award will be given to an outstanding project selected from those shortlisted.

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