The Petersfield Society were 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.
The Petersfield Society is a volunteer-run charity who acts as an independent environment watchdog for Petersfield and its surrounding villages. The Society collected contributions from over 300 local volunteers to publish the book: ‘A Celebration of Petersfield: A Town and its People’ in 2015.
Gemma Lacey, Director of Sustainability and Communications for The Southern Co-operative and judge of the awards said: “In celebration of the town and to mark 70 years since its foundation, The Petersfield Society has brought the community together to create an impressive reference book that tells the story of Petersfield today. We have been particularly impressed by the vast amount of community contribution and hard work which has evidently gone into producing this fantastic book.
“The book celebrates Petersfield’s history, architecture and the beautiful surrounding landscape of the South Downs. Highlighting the town’s uniqueness and qualities, the book hopes to encourage people to get involved in the community and all that it has to offer.”
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.