Priddy’s Hard Ramparts Heritage Area is Visited by The Southern Co-operative as a Finalist in Countryside Award

Priddy’s Hard Ramparts Heritage Area has 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.

Priddy’s Hard Ramparts Heritage Area Volunteers, who run the project, have put in a combined total of around 6,000 volunteer hours to de-litter, restore, maintain and conserve the area, which is home to Grade 2 and Grade 2* listed buildings. The volunteer hopes to widen public access to the restored green space in Gosport in the near future.

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Gemma Lacey, Director of Sustainability and Communications for The Southern Co-operative and judge of the awards said: “A small committed group of volunteers have dedicated thousands of hours to protect this former derelict Scheduled Ancient Monument.  The project has transformed what was old MOD land in the middle of Gosport into a tranquil haven brimming with wildlife such as badgers, deer, foxes, bees and butterflies.

“The dedication and commitment of the volunteers involved and the special wildlife haven that their hard work has created has been very inspirational. This gem of a place is now being enjoyed, through guided tours, by local and visiting people to this historic manmade landscape.”

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.