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2018 Awards

More information about the winning projects

More information about the winning projects from Monday’s nights Awards Evening:


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DISPLAY Barley House Rockland St. Peter and Biergarten Caston

DISPLAY Breckland Bat Project

DISPLAY Colby School

DISPLAY Felbeck Trust

DISPLAY Goldsmith Street

DISPLAY Hill Farm Barns

DISPLAY Norfolk Ponds Project

DISPLAY North Walsham

DISPLAY Whitwell Common

Photos from Monday night’s Awards Evening

Photos from Monday night’s Awards

Some lovely photographs of our Awards Evening on Monday night at The Hostry now up on our Facebook Page  here

Our Guest of Honour handing out the prizes was Charles Barratt, Chairman of Barratt and Cooke,  Norwich stockbrokers, and a longtime Patron of CPRE Norfolk.

Articles on our Awards in EDP

Another article in the EDP yesterday on our Awards – this time in the property pages, courtesy Caroline Culot.

Wonderful Awards Evening

Thank you to everyone who made our Awards Evening on Monday night such a wonderful occasion.   Over 120 guests filled The Hostry to learn about all the short-listed projects, listen to presentations and see the winners collect their Awards.    More photographs will be put up here very shortly but in the meantime here is the list of categories and winners from the evening:

Green Build Award:

Winner: Goldsmith Street Development, Norwich City Council –  a brownfield development in Norwich of 105 dwellings for social rent, built to high PassivHaus and design standards, and making it the largest PassivHaus scheme for social rent in the country.

Joint Runners-Up: (1) Hill Farms Barns on the Holkham Estate – derelict cart-sheds converted into eco-efficient offices, using local labour and recycled materials, and keeping the vernacular to blend in with its surroundings.  Now used by a local company and providing the headquarters for the Holkham Nature Reserve. (2) Barley House, Rockland St. Peter – a large family home built to PassivHaus standards, using local and recycled materials, including a large oak frame, straw bale walls, with lime render.

Special Mention: Biergarten, Caston – a timber-clad PassivHaus making the best use of a tight, awkward setting.

Thriving Countryside Award:

Winner: North Walsham Conservation Group – a large group of local volunteers look after hay meadows and woodland, have unearthed Honing Railway Station from under years’ of debris, to make it part of Weavers’ Way, brought back to life delicate wildflower habitats at Knapton and Felmingham railway lines, and completely transformed a large area into a beautiful habitat-rich resource for education, visits and relaxation.

Runner-Up: Returning Grazing to Whitwell Common SSSI – a project to bring Highland cattle to graze Whitwell Common.  By eating up the nutrient rich grass and choking weeds, the indigenous eco-system of the common, rich in rare and delicate bog-plants is once again thriving.

Engaged Youth Award:

Winner: Colby Primary School Eco Hub – largely run with ideas from the children themselves, designed as a resource for exploring the natural world, understanding eco-technology, innovative recycling ideas, raising their own vegetables, fruits, hens and insects, sharing their knowledge with other schools at workshops, acting as eco-ambassadors, building relations with local businesses.

Runner-Up: Felbeck Trust Outdoor Classroom – works with children from Aylmerton Field Studies Centre, and further afield from deprived urban environments, to provide a beautiful oasis in a relaxing atmosphere, which is often a new experience for some children.  Learning to be calm, listen, learn, identify, explore, experience nature, build up their confidence, and use their imagination.

Successful Campaign Award:

Winner: Norfolk Ponds Project – A collaborative project with several organisations and farmers to recover silted-up, lost or ‘ghost’ farmland ponds across Norfolk, of which there are 23,000, more than any other English county.  Results so far have been spectacular with volunteers clearing ponds to create a network of habitat stepping stones allowing species to thrive and encouraging back great crested newt, crucian carp, water vole, stoneworts, and several farmland birds and pollinators, plus many rare wetland plants.

Runner-Up: Brecks Bat Project – a five-year project of large numbers of volunteers in a ‘citizen science’ experiment to record bat movements using equipment supplied by Norfolk Bat Survey resulting in hugely increased knowledge of the movements and species of Norfolk bats.

Special Mention: Assist Trust  a litter-picking campaign helping adults with learning difficulties be mobile, build up confidence and teamwork skills, and feel a valuable part of their community.

 All photos: Otto Ross-Jolly   Above: North Walsham Conservation Group winners of Thriving Countryside Award

Announcing 2018 Awards


We are pleased to announce that we are once again running the prestigious CPRE Norfolk Awards.   The Awards Ceremony will be held at  The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral  on Monday 19th November this year.

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.

The Awards have been refreshed and revived for 2018 to reflect our major campaign focus ‘A Vision for Norfolkwww.v4n.org.uk which looks at the challenges to our County over the next several years and proposes common-sense solutions which encourage sustainable growth and benefit all of us.

We are thrilled that this year the Awards are being sponsored by

William Morfoot  www.williammorfoot.co.uk  land drainage specialists   

West Norfolk Academies Trust  www.westnorfolkacademiestrust.co.uk     

The Categories

1. Green Build Award

We are looking for projects which:

  • Build sustainable living and communities
  • Reduce energy, carbon and water usage and lead on creating more of a circular waste stream
  • Use local labour/suppliers and materials, including recycled/re-used materials
  • Show a creative and imaginative approach to revival and regeneration including sensitive development of brownfield sites and/or featuring under-utilised buildings
  • Sit comfortably in their surroundings and/or blend in with the local vernacular


2. Thriving Countryside Award

We are looking for projects which:

  • Demonstrate a countryside or farming initiative designed to protect an integral area of Norfolk countryside long-term
  • Enable that area of Norfolk countryside to be economically viable
  • Offer new or increased enjoyable access to that area of Norfolk countryside
  • Promote and interpret that landscape’s characteristics and biodiversity
  • Engage a wide section of the community, broadening participation and widening understanding of the countryside


3. Engaged Youth Award

We are looking for projects which:

  • Demonstrate a schools or youth educational or practical project engaging young people in shaping our rural environment for the future
  • Are designed in part or in whole by young people
  • Enhance the wellbeing of young people over the long-term
  • Encourage new forms of appreciating nature, and living or working in the countryside
  • Engage and work within the education system to foster a new approach to caring for the environment and for communities


4. Successful Campaign Award

We are looking for projects which:

  • Demonstrate campaigning involving a large section of the community and its support
  • Improve the environment and liveability of that community
  • Break new ground in promoting best practice sustainable rural living
  • Are inspiring and replicable elsewhere
  • Have helped to change perception and/or behaviour by the local community or local authority

For more information and application forms, click on the categories on the left.

You can nominate your own project, or pass this onto someone else you think deserves to win, or let us know about a project and we can look into it.   The deadline to apply is the end of August and judging will take place in September.

All short-listed candidates will be invited to an evening Awards Ceremony at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral on Monday 19th November from 6pm.   Charles Barratt of Barratt and Cooke, one of our Patrons, has kindly agreed to hand out the Awards.   Winners receive a beautiful heavy green metal plaque and framed certificate and runners-up also receive a framed certficate.   You can see all the photographs and winners from our last Awards here.

Please SHARE this on social media – we want to know about all worthy projects in Norfolk so we can reward and celebrate the best of them!   If you need any more information please contact helenl@cprenorfolk.org.uk or telephone 01603 761660.





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