Do you make a positive contribution to Sussex countryside?

A COMPETITION which recognises projects or people that make a positive contribution to the Sussex countryside has just been launched.

The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) has launched the 2011 Countryside Awards Scheme in Sussex.

First run in 2009, CPRE say the Scheme was so successful that they will now run it every two years.

Director of CPRE Sussex, Stuart Meier said: “We are well known for campaigning to protect our beautiful countryside from bad development, but less well known for applauding good development. By making these awards, we want to encourage all sorts of schemes which make a real contribution to the conservation and enhancement of our communities and countryside”.

Projects are sought in three categories. These are new Sussex landscapes, from field to table and Sussex rural enterprise.

Past winners have included Ouse Valley Foods in Plumpton Green; Bradfords Farm Shop, Little Horsted; Beechwood Hall, Cooksbridge; Coopers Farm, Hadlow Down and Newick CEP School eco-garden which was highly commended for a garden created by staff, children and parents. The CPRE Sussex is based in Blackboys.

Sarah Robinson of CPRE Sussex asks people to nominate their favourite local projects or businesses that they believe deserve recognition for their contribution to our countryside. Awards Awards will reward innovative and sympathetic developments and activities in the county. They will celebrate local success and those who help make our countryside great. Entries close on the 31st March 2011. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the website: