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CPRE Sussex Countryside Awards 2017

Monday, 08 May 2017 12:43

Littlehampton Rain Garden Littlehampton Rain Garden

We are delighted to have received such an impressive and wide variety of Countryside Awards applications for 2017, ranging from the ‘Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail’ and ‘The Egrets Way Ouse Valley Cycle Network’ to the ‘Littlehampton Rain Garden’ and ‘Schools Without Walls’.  Thank you to all who have taken the time to enter – our initial short-listing was extremely difficult!  


We now look forward to the judges’ visits to all shortlisted projects during June and July. The Judges will then face the huge challenge of agreeing our finalists for invitation to the prestigious Awards Ceremony at Petworth House on 11th October. We wish everyone who has been shortlisted the best of luck! The Shortlisted entries are:

Rural Enterprise

Guido's Butchers & Deli, Piltdown

This Award is to recognize organisations that are making outstanding contributions to rural communities. We are looking for social enterprises, businesses 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.

Shortlisted entries:

  • Franklins Brewery, Steyning: Optimist Beer turning food waste into craft beer with a twist.
  • Guido Butchers and Deli, Piltdown: small family butcher/deli specialising in home cured biltong and dried sausages.
  • Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail: Kitchen & Sun Terrace Project, Bates Green Farm
  • Egrets Way Project: The Ouse Valley Cycle Network, Lewes to Newhaven, community lead seeking a safe, off-road route.
  • Noble and Stace Chocolatiers, Easebourne, Midhurst: artisan chocolatiers making small batches of high quality chocolates by hand.
  • Rye Harbour Nature Reserve: Sussex Wildlife Trust and Environment Agency project to recreate saltmarsh.
  • South Downs Yarn, Rustington: micro yard company producing 100% Southdown wool traced back to single flock.
  • Twineham Timber, Twineham: total wood utilisation that forms a proactive link between Sussex forestry and Twineham Timber taking locally harvested timber.  Careful woodland management and sensitive replanting.
  • Weald Smokery, Flimwell: artisan food smoker using traditional methods and local produce.

Environmental Education

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.

Shortlisted entries:

  • Schools Without Walls, So Sussex: outdoor learning for key stages 1 and 2 within walking distance from the school.
  • Saddlescombe Farm: traditional beef and sheep farm integrated with wildlife conservation, education and community events.
  • Retreat to Gayles, Friston: small, family run retreat situated in iconic landscape enabling visitors to enjoy, value, experience and benefit from the countryside.

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.

Shortlisted entries:

  • Breaky Bottom Vineyard, Rodmell, Lewes: restoration of historic agricultural buildings and installation of flood defences to protect the house, gardens and storerooms.
  • Oak Community Project: partnership with Community Park Rangers for adults with learning disabilities, coppicing, White Beam Woods.
  • Littlehampton Rain Garden: development of community rain garden to offer people opportunity to work with nature and create better places to live and work.

The Making Places Design Award

Foresters Cottage, West Dean College

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.

Shortlisted entries:

  • Big Parks Project, Peacehaven: community-led project to create new recreational facility.
  • Bridge Cottage, Uckfield: restoration of medieval, Grade II list building.
  • Courtlea, Petworth: Seaman Partnership development of nine cottages in traditional style to reflect adjacent listed properties.
  • Foresters Cottage, West Dean College, Chichester: conversion of Grade II listed building into student accommodation.
  • Hendall Manor Barn, Heron’s Ghyll: conserving and restoring Grade II listed buildings to enhance and preserve the surrounding landscape and provide business opportunities.
  • Ostlers Field, Brede, East Sussex: Hastoe Homes development of affordable, sustainable homes for local people.

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