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Living Countryside Awards

The CPRE Derbyshire Living Countryside Awards 2024 celebrate our beautiful, diverse and thriving countryside and those who protect, promote, enhance and cherish it.


Welcome to the inaugural Living Countryside Awards, organised and sponsored by CPRE Derbyshire, the countryside charity in partnership with Derbyshire Association of Local Councils (DALC).

Nominations open on 11 March 2024 and close on 3 June 2024.  There are four award categories, with something for everyone!  We welcome nominations from individuals, groups and businesses.  You can self-nominate or nominate another individual, group or business you think deserves an award.

We’re pleased to be partnering with DALC, who represents Parish and Town Councils and Parish Meetings across Derbyshire and celebrates the exceptional work done by Derbyshire’s councillors, clerks and councils through their own Excellence Awards.

Category 1) Inspiring Groups

This award is to recognise groups leading on environmental issues in their local area.

This could include: groups involved in planning issues, securing or maintaining green spaces, green energy projects, conservation projects, litter picking and biodiversity projects.

Who can nominate: a member of the group, the group committee, a member of the public, a parent, guardian or group leader on behalf of children under 16, a local beneficiary of the group’s activity, a parish council, a professional in the group’s field of activity.


Category 2) Trail blazer

This award is to recognise individuals going the country mile to protect, promote or enhance their local countryside.

This could include: individuals making significant contributions to groups or projects covered in Award Category 1, or people who work on their own to benefit their local green spaces.

Who can nominate: the individual themselves, a fellow group member or committee, a family member or friend, a member of the public, a parent or guardian for children under 16, a local beneficiary of the activity, a parish council, a professional in the individual’s field of activity.


Category 3) Made in Derbyshire

This award celebrates sustainable local businesses.

This could include: businesses who make, supply, teach or sell local products (for example food, alcohol, art, crafts and everything in between) in a sustainable way, adding value to the local economy and making our county so unique and varied.

Who can nominate: the business themselves, a customer or supplier, a family member or friend, a member of the public.


Category 4) Derbyshire Countryside Captured

This award is for everyone to submit their best image of the Derbyshire countryside or local green spaces. There are two sub-categories: ‘Under 16s’ and ’16 Years and Over’.

This could include: Your own photographs (or photographs of your artworks) depicting the countryside, buildings in the countryside or animals or people enjoying green spaces (with their permission – the people not the animals!).  Smartphone photos are welcome!

Who can nominate: self-nominate your own image or parents or guardians may nominate on behalf of children for the ‘Under 16s’ sub-category.  Maximum three photos per person nominated please (up to a total limit of 10GB). Sorry no professional artists or photographers.


We can’t wait to see your entries!

If you have any questions about the award categories or nominations, please contact us by emailing

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If you or your business are interested in sponsoring the next CPRE Derbyshire Living Countryside Awards, either as a whole or a particular award, we would love to hear from you.