The proposals for High Speed 2 (HS2), initially from London to Birmingham, are as weighty as they are controversial, whether in relation to the countryside the proposed High Speed Line might pass through or the cities it could miss out. Public consultation started on 28 February 2011 and will run to 29 July 2011.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England sets out an inspiring and optimistic vision for the future of the English countryside, our greatest national asset. 2026 – A Vision for the Countryside describes the countryside CPRE wants to see in 2026, the charity's centenary year.
Tranquillity is important for everyone – for our hearts, minds and bodies. We all need to 'get away from it all' every now and then. Tranquil areas provide a means of doing this in a crowded, heavily built-up country. Being largely natural and free from intrusive manmade noise and structures, tranquil areas in the countryside allow us to escape the noise and stress of cities, towns and suburbs, to be inspired and to get refreshed.
CPRE Buckinghamshire Awards Scheme
THIS SCHEME HAS NOW CLOSED
The winners will be announced at the Branch AGM on 1st December 2012
The CPRE Buckinghamshire Awards Scheme will celebrate valuable contributions that individuals and groups are making to protect and enhance the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of the Buckinghamshire countryside and its towns and villages.
Who Can Apply
We welcome applications from individuals, groups of friends and organisations. We are particularly keen to encourage entries from schools and youth groups and those living in the extremities of the county; north of Milton Keynes, the Colne Valley and along the River Thames.
The judges will give Awards to projects which make a significant contribution to the protection and enhancement of the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of the English countryside. The CPRE Bucks Awards scheme is not a competition and projects are not compared when they are being judged.
Projects might include creation of walks and trails, pond restoration, improving access to the countryside, protecting the countryside for posterity, conservation and conversion of buildings and school environmental projects with high levels of pupil involvement.
The Judging Panel
Members of CPRE Bucks and Trustees of CPRE Bucks will be appointed as judges and will make contact with each of the applicants and visit projects where appropriate.
How to apply
All applicants must use an official application form and applications must be received by the closing date in October. Late applications will not be considered. Photographs and accompanying information about the projects are welcomed and will enhance applications. Please send application forms and all correspondence marked "CPRE Bucks Awards" by Friday, 14th October, 2011 to:
The Secretary, CPRE Buckinghamshire, P.O. Box 219, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP22 4ED
If the project is successful, the entrant will be informed in writing and invited to the Awards ceremony to be held on a date to be announced.
Those notified to us as having played a significant role in a winning project will be given a certificate and the project itself will receive a plaque.
Click here to download the application form (PDF).