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Friends of Tiddenfoot Waterside Park

Campaign for the Protection of Rural England

Living Countryside Awards 2014

Presentation 7th October 2014, Moggerhangar Park, Bedfordshire

The waiting was almost over. The Friends had submitted details of our 'Forager's Way' project to CPRE in April 2014 and had welcomed a judging panel in July. Tonight was all about expectation and the suspense was tangible. There are three categories; Sustainable Enterprise; Building Design & Restoration & Biodiversity and Landscape Improvement. Our project was one of the eight finalists in the latter category.

All entries were of a very high standard and of varying degrees of cost. Our 'Forager's Way' project is very definitely at the lower end of the cost ladder. We were sceptical, having seen the other finalists, that we stood any chance.
As in most contests, the lower awards & commendations were declared first. We had not been mentioned. Then came the Silver category, effectively runners up. Our 'Forager's Way' was the first mentioned.

This is a superb result, due entirely to the commitment of the Friends Group who started the project less than eighteen months earlier. Who can say what could be achieved as work continues towards completion.
The next award scheme is projected to be in 2016.

The certificates were presented by the HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis.

The photograph shows from left to right Ann May, Secretary of the Friends & originator of the project, Tom Wise, Vice Chairman, Helen Nellis, Dave Ayers, Chairman and Derek May, Committee member.

The brochure showing entrants in all categories is available at


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