Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq, presented the 11th annual Countryside Awards on 19th September 2017 at Littleton Millennium Memorial Hall near Winchester. The awards, organised by CPRE Hampshire, the county branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, celebrate the communities, volunteers, young people and businesses that support the charity’s mission of “standing up for the countryside”.
CPRE Hampshire’s Countryside Awards are sponsored by Southern Co-op (lead sponsor), Steve’s Leaves, Hildon, and Hastoe. 2017 saw a record number of quality entries from projects based in both urban and rural areas across Hampshire. This year’s winners have been chosen from a shortlist of 21 projects across four award categories and Community Roots was one of them.
Winner – Community Roots, part of Southampton Voluntary Services (Pictured Liz Marsh, Community Roots Mentor)
The Community and Voluntary award, sponsored by the Southern Co-op, visited the Community Roots project, based at the Sandhurst Road Allotments in Southampton. This is a huge honour for a small inter-city working allotment project to be nominated, shortlisted and then to WIN! A big thank-you to all past and present volunteers, mentors, Southampton Voluntary Services and Ideal Collection.
Winner – Community Roots (based at the Sandhurst Road Allotments, Southampton).
The award is taking pride and place in reception at Southampton Voluntary Services.
The project is a partnership between Southampton Voluntary Services and hospitality group Ideal Collection, providing supported volunteering, training and work experience opportunities for those who have experienced homelessness, mental health, and alcohol or substance issues. The project is co-ordinated by Duncan Reade with help from my strong volunteering team.
Gemma Lacey, of the Southern Co-op, said: “The judges loved the idea of growing people through growing vegetables and plants, and how being outdoors and connecting with natural habitat, tucked away green space in an urban environment can benefit peoples’ wellbeing”
“We were blown away by the energy and enthusiasm of the people engaged in Community Roots and the very evident difference this ever-evolving project is making to their lives.”
Some of the Community Roots winning team and Ideal Collection our supporters.
Congratulations to Community Roots for scooping the top award in our category at the ceremony – We are all extremely worthy & inspirational winners!
Community Roots display at the CPRE Awards, all produce grown with love by the volunteering team
Community Roots Award. (L-R-Gemma Lacey, Southern Co-op, Liz Marsh, Community Roots Mentor, Nigel Atkinson, the Lord Lieutenant.