Andover Trees United have been visited by The Southern Co-operative as part of the judging process as a finalist in the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Hampshire’s prestigious Countryside Awards.<p. Andover Trees United are an environmental education group from Andover. Their ‘In the Community’ project aims to involve as many young people as possible with the Andover land through a diverse programme of events.
Gemma Lacey, Director of Sustainability and Communications for The Southern Co-operative and judge of the awards said: “Andover Trees United has achieved a phenomenal amount over the past three years, greening spaces across Andover, including the newly developed Harmony Woods. The project has engaged local residents, school children and the wider community through workshops and volunteering, enabling the community to help shape and sustain the trees and woods created for future generations.
“We have found the breadth of tree planning which they have undertaken and the educational thought which has gone into each project to be particularly inspiring.”
The awards celebrate a beautiful and living countryside that everyone can value and enjoy and are organised by charity CPRE Hampshire, the Campaign to Protect Rural England in association with The Southern Co-operative.
CPRE Hampshire Chairman, Dee Haas said: “We run these awards because we want to celebrate a beautiful, diverse and living countryside that everyone can value and enjoy. By highlighting good practice, we hope to inspire people of all ages to try something similar in their communities and also to encourage debate about the balance between protecting the countryside and encouraging a thriving rural economy.
“We are very grateful to our lead sponsor, The Southern Co-operative, and to all our sponsors who support these important awards and look forward to visiting this year’s diverse selection of entries from all corners of Hampshire”.
The individual Award category sponsors are Community and Voluntary – The Southern Co-operative, Young People – Steve’s Leaves, Rural Enterprise – Dutton Gregory Solicitors, and Sustainable Buildings – Radian.
Award judges are visiting all projects this summer before making their decision on the overall winners. All the finalists will be invited to the Countryside Awards Ceremony on 15thSeptember 2016 where the winners will be announced by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire.