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11 Amazing Short-Listed Projects in line for this year’s CPRE Norfolk Awards

Highland Cattle Grazing Whitwell Common SSSI which encourages the Common’s rare fenland flora.        Picture: Chris Hill

Judging has now finished for this year’s CPRE Norfolk Awards  http://www.cprenorfolk.org.uk/home/2018-awards/   and the quality and range of projects is truly impressive says CPRE Norfolk Branch Director Helen Leith.

‘You always worry that there are enough good projects out there to make the grade but the judging this time around has been a joy.   We have seen some really wonderful things happening out there and the dedication, enthusiasm and expertise of so many volunteers and professionals is very encouraging and exciting.’

Projects have ranged from large-scale Passivhaus-standard housing projects to gentle litter picks working with vulnerable adults; from primary school children building impressive eco-hubs to armies of volunteers working long hours to bring back neglected areas of the countryside back to glory; from sensitive restoration of vernacular architecture to years of meticulous data and specimen gathering to bring vulnerable species back from the brink.    Applications have been received from Norfolk County Council, The Felbeck Trust, The Holkham Estate, North Walsham Conservation Trust, Assist Trust, Norwich City Council, Whitwell Common SSSI, The Breckland Society, Norfolk FWAG and more.

‘All our short-listed projects are worthy winners’ says Helen ‘and the CPRE Norfolk Awards are our way of saying thank you and well done to so many people who work so hard to make Norfolk a beautiful and special place to live.’

There are four Award Categories: Green Build, Thriving Countryside, Engaged Youth and Successful Campaign.   The CPRE Norfolk Awards scheme was launched in 1979 to recognise significant achievements in buildings and landscape.  It is one of the longest running Awards schemes in the county and to date almost 500 projects have been given Awards.

This year’s Awards Evening is on Monday 19th November at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral.   The Guest of Honour handing out the prizes is Charles Barratt, Chairman of Barratt and Cooke, and a Patron of CPRE Norfolk.

The Norfolk branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Norfolk) fights for a better future for the Norfolk countryside.  They work locally and, with their head office nationally, to protect, shape and enhance a beautiful, thriving countryside for everyone to value and enjoy.   They are an independent voice for the landscape, engaging with local and regional planning systems to ensure their views are heard by decision makers.  They campaign locally for positive solutions that will support the long-term future of Norfolk – one of England’s most rural areas.   Their current focus is their campaign ‘A Vision for Norfolk’ www.v4n.org.uk which proposes common sense solutions to critical issues currently facing the county, covering housing, transport, energy, water resources, agriculture, tourism and more.

On Thursday 29th November this year, the Norfolk Branch celebrates exactly 85 years since its formation.  This will be marked with a special Evensong at Norwich Cathedral followed by a reception.

If you would like to attend either event, please email helenl@cprenorfolk.org.uk for an invitation.

For more information contact:

Helen Leith

Branch Director

CPRE Norfolk

01603 761660


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