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CPRE Norfolk Awards to honour exceptional countryside projects

The prestigious CPRE Norfolk Awards are being held on the evening of Thursday 24th September at The Great Hospital to recognise exceptional projects which celebrate and enhance the quality of country life in beautiful Norfolk.

There are three categories: The Askham Award for the Creative and Sympathetic use of existing land or buildings, sponsored by Cozens-Hardy solicitors; The Boldero Award for Access to and Interpretation of the Countryside, sponsored by Gallyons Countryside Clothing and The Corbin Photographic Prize for Engaging Young People with the Countryside, funded by Mrs. Helen Corbin.

All three awards are named in honour of people who spent years promoting the work of CPRE Norfolk and actively seeking to improve Norfolk for all. The Askham Award was set up in memory of Roger Askham, the co-ordinator of CPRE Norfolk’s successful and popular Green Buildings in Norfolk Open Days.  Roger was keen that people did more than just add on eco-technologies to their home; he wanted people to reduce their total consumption of energy and resources, during the development of a project as well as in their daily use.  This need to reduce, reuse and recycle ties in with CPRE’s ‘brownfield-first’ policy, which demands that redundant and under-utilised land is developed first, before we consider building on greenfield sites.
This year’s short-listed candidates are:
The Great Barn at Hales Hall, a Grade I listed Tudor Barn, dating from 1478
The Old School at Wells, originally an early Victorian School, dating from 1838
Holkham Studios, originally farm buildings on The Holkham Estate
Trafalgar House and The Old Fire Station, Great Yarmouth
Passivhaus Project, Fulmodeston

The Boldero Award was created as a tribute to Charles Boldero who, with his wife Joy, wrote a walking column in the EDP for many years.   It recognizes projects which offer new or increased access to an area of the Norfolk countryside and its understanding.
This year’s short-listed candidates are:
Connecting Threads, Exploring Footpaths at Beachamwell
Hawk and Owl Trust’s Hide and Boardwalk Project, Sculthorpe Moor
Waveney and Blyth Arts Project
Wrong’s Covert, Lenwade

The Corbin Prize was created in memory of Nicolas de Bazile Corbin, one of the founders of the Norfolk branch of CPRE in the 1940s and a leading voice in the protection and conservation of the county’s countryside for over 70 years until his death in 2009. The prize connects to a photographic or other artistic competition for Norfolk schoolchildren, which aims to encourage awareness, understanding and appreciation of the Norfolk countryside.
This year’s short-listed candidates are:

Asha Hipperson ‘Swinging from the Sunset’
Freddie Jones ‘The Albatros’
Jake Harvey ‘War Memories’
Michael Yates ‘Dusk on a Long Day
Saskia Pawlett ‘Pools Rock’

Christopher Dady, CPRE Norfolk’s Chairman said “ The Judges were really impressed with the calibre of this year’s entries – there are some stunning projects out there and CPRE Norfolk feels it is important to recognise and reward the enormous amount of time, effort and commitment so many people put in to make these projects rewarding for all.” “Developing existing brownfield sites before turning to greenfield ones makes economic, sustainable and aesthetic sense. The countryside should be accessible to all, regardless of their situation. And it is important to encourage young people to engage with the beauty of nature, which can be a life-long balm to the soul.” Whether it is well-financed private projects, collaborative efforts made possible by armies of willing volunteers, or publicly funded developments, there is always an opportunity to work to high environmental standards, which pays for itself many times over in terms of cost, durability and use of resources.”

Guest of Honour at the Awards will be Shaun Spiers, Chief Executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, who will travel up from London to present a talk.

The award-winning photographer Julia Holland, whose acclaimed exhibition ‘Femninity Comes From Within’, currently on display at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, will be the official photographer for the evening.

This year’s CPRE Norfolk Awards are sponsored by Cozens-Hardy solicitors  and Gallyons Country Clothing.


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