The Tiptoe Green 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.
The Tiptoe Green Trust is a charitable trust which was set up to build and maintain a village green. In creating the Tiptoe Green, a community has been brought together and a nature-incorporating village green has been provided for all to use.
Gemma Lacey, Director of Sustainability and Communications for The Southern Co-operative and judge of the awards said: “Residents from across Tiptoe in Lymington have given their time and money to purchase a local field and transform it into a beautiful village green, with hedgerows, wildlife areas, seating and a children’s play area.
“We have been very impressed by the community effort behind funding and transforming this redundant field into a green space for all to enjoy. The project has successfully bought people together from across the community and now provides a wonderful place for fun, games, exercise, education and events.”
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.