The winners of the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Countryside Awards were revealed at a prestigious ceremony at Firle Place near Lewes on Thursday October 16.
Ten awards were presented across three categories, New Sussex Landscape, Sussex Rural Enterprise and Field to Table.
Prizes were handed out either as a Full Award, or for a Highly Commended level.
In the Sussex Rural Enterprise category, the judges gave Full Awards to Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form and Slindon Forge, with the Woodland Flora and Fauna Group in Hurstpierpoint and The Grove Café and Village Shop in Blackboys both being Highly Commended.
The judges were impressed by the Year 10 and 11 students at Ringmer Community College, who presented and spoke enthusiastically and confidently about their work on sustainability and environmental issues.
Judge Margaret Moore said: “The students’ enthusiasm was almost overwhelming, and certainly inspiring – these students could teach us all a thing or two.”
In the New Sussex Landscape category Ashplats Wood, near East Grinstead, Oldland Mill in Hassocks and Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft were given Full Awards, while Sussex Prairie Garden in Woodmancote received a Highly Commended Award.
Oldland Mill was given the Peter Brandon Award and The Sussex Produce Company in Steyning received a Full Award in the Field to Table category.