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Entries sought for environmental Oscars

PUBLISHED: 10:05 30 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:14 30 June 2010

Entries are being sought for the annual celebration of Norfolk's inspiring buildings, landscape or education projects - known as the "Oscars" of the environment world.

Entries are being sought for the annual celebration of Norfolk's inspiring buildings, landscape or education projects - known as the “Oscars” of the environment world.

The awards, run by the Campaign to Protect Rural England in Norfolk (CPRE Norfolk), aim to promote and encourage outstanding projects in the countryside and in the county's market towns.

Originally set up in 1979 to recognise small-scale conservation projects, the awards are now one of the longest running environmental awards schemes in the county.

They have grown over time to include restoration projects, building conversions, innovative new building design, landscape management projects and environmental work in schools.

Last year 24 projects were given awards at a packed ceremony at the Assembly House in Norwich.

Award-winning projects included a litter education project in Breckland, The Walks urban park restoration project in King's Lynn and the new Wymondham Library.

“The CPRE Norfolk Awards really help promote and encourage good projects in the countryside,” said Martin Walton, chairman of the awards panel.

“The projects should be applauded not only for their inherent value, but also because they serve as an example to others. Similarly, we want to recognise and acknowledge the efforts of the individuals involved, for their commitment in making projects of such a high standard, and thereby enhancing Norfolk.”

Julian Wells, development director of Norfolk-based property developer TargetFollow, which sponsors the awards, said: “We are proud of our Norfolk roots and our close association with the local branch of the CPRE. We believe passionately in the heritage of our local countryside and its preservation.”

To enter this year's awards, all applications must be received by June 11. Application forms are available from the CPRE Norfolk website www.cprenorfolk.org.uk, by emailing info@cprenorfolk.org.uk or by phoning the CPRE Norfolk office on 01603 761660.

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