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Your chance to vote for the 2020 Empowering Communities Award

28th June 2020

They’re all countryside heroes, but who do you think should win the 2020 Empowering Communities Award?

‘This award is about celebrating the individuals who have dedicated their lives to the enrichment and enhancement of the Sussex countryside,’ says CPRE Sussex Director, Kia Trainor.

‘We are now asking the public to help us find a winner for our new ‘Empowering Communities Award’ by voting for their favourite countryside champion.’

The winner will be chosen by public vote. Please vote below. We will close the voting on 7 September 2020.

Find out about the nominees:


Phil Belden – The man behind the South Downs Ranger Service and the concept of Local Community Wildlife Groups in the City of Brighton and Hove. Read more


Ben Cross – The Sussex flower grower on a mission to challenge the UK’s dependence on imported flowers. Read more


Isabella Tree – Knepp Castle’s environmental pioneer, bestselling author and passionate advocate for rewilding the countryside. Read more


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