Goldington’s Golden Gardens Award
St Mary’s Goldington’s involvement in the ‘Golden Gardens’ community project has had a good year. In addition to winning a prize for ‘best community garden’ in the Times and Citizen newspaper awards, they were also delighted to scoop a top award at the CPRE Bedfordshire ‘Living Countryside Awards’ held at Moggerhanger Park. CPRE described the nomination in these terms:
‘Two community gardens created from disused garages have transformed a concrete wasteland into a valued asset for the local community. Volunteers produce flowers and vegetables for fresh sale or freezer storage, and goods can be packaged in small quantities for elderly customers. The site includes a cafe that provides a lively social venue for volunteers and local residents, and the raised beds for cultivation enable wheelchair users to take a full part too.’
Golden Gardens Chair Revd Richard Howlett was delighted that this recognition will encourage the project’s volunteers to go on with their work of transforming the local community.
CPRE Bedfordshire’s Living Countryside Awards were presented by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis at an awards evening on 7th October at the distinctive venue of Moggerhanger Park.
The Awards showcase the great contributions made by people and projects to enhance the county’s countryside and develop urban green spaces – and saw some exciting new initiatives taking place across Bedfordshire.
Awards were given in three categories – Building Design & Restoration, Biodiversity & Landscape Improvement and Sustainable Enterprise.
Seven projects, including Goldington, were awarded the top CPRE Mark. Now in its sixth year, this is the highest number of CPRE Marks given in one year to projects by the branch. This is excellent news for Bedfordshire, showing that there is great work being done.
Bringing to wider recognition the individuals, community groups, landowners and businesses that make special efforts to enhance Bedfordshire’s rich and diverse landscape, the awards reflect the enjoyment and environmental benefits brought to local communities through these inspiring projects that often go unnoticed.