Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition Awards

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By Annabelle Sanderson
17th September 2021

After an intense but throughly enjoyable judging process, CPRE Wiltshire will be presenting prizes to the winners of this year’s Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition.

 

 

 

 

The presentation team will be visiting all villages who won awards in their category to present the Shields for the villages to display as well as the other prizes.

And this year for the first time we are branching out with a new prize – a beautiful celebration tree for the ‘winner of winners’ category which was won by Urchfont.

The ceremony will be at Urchfont Village Hall (SN10 4QT) from 1100hrs on Sunday 26th September and people are invited to come along to take part.

A tree has been selected for the village as a long lasting reminder of the village’s success and its contribution towards conservation and environmental sustainability.

Joining the winners will be the Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire Mrs Sarah Troughton and CPRE Wiltshire’s new Countryside Ambassador, Brit Award nominee soprano Carly Paoli who will be presenting the tree.

Anne Henshaw, Chair of CPRE Wiltshire said:

‘This is an opportunity to celebrate the very best of the county which has at its heart these wonderful villages whose community spirit has shone through.

 

‘The judges found inspiration in all the villages who entered, from beautifully kept flower beds to dedicated conservation projects and communities who pulled together during the pandemic to help their neighbours.

 

‘This year we are also particularly excited to be presenting our first tree which we are calling a celebration tree – a Rowan or mountain ash – for one of the categories, as a long term reminder of their successes. We have chosen a tree whose berries, leaves and flowers are a source of food for insects and birds and pollen and nectar for bees and other pollinating insects.’ 

The other winners this year are:

Ramsbury – large village

Tilshead – medium village

Castle Eaton – small village AND best newcomer

Bishopstrow – merit prize for consistent effort

The winner of the best newcomer includes a £150 cash prize and is only open to villages new to the competition: could 2022 be the year for your village?

 

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