Medstead Village Pond is Visited by The Southern Co-operative as a Finalist in Countryside Award

The Medstead Village Pond, run by Medstead Parish Council was 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.

Medstead Parish Council, working with local garden designer, Jacqui Stubley, has re-established a disused pond on Medstead village green. The pond has been excavated, re-lined and re-planted. Currently having completed the first stage of the two-part project, the aim is to create a family friendly village pond and woodland copse.

IMG_1189

Gemma Lacey, Director of Sustainability and Communications for The Southern Co-operative and judge of the awards said: “The Medstead community commitment to this project was outstanding, as they came together to raise funds and undertake the work required to transform a disused pond into a wildlife pond, turning a 15 year community idea into a reality.

“The pond, which opened in July 2016, provides a truly special place that can now be enjoyed by the local community and passers-by, as well as an educational opportunity for local school children with a pond dipping platform and wildlife information boards.”

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.