CPRE Wiltshire and The Hills Group have just opened the 2021 Best Kept Village Competition to parish councils.
“We’re very excited to be launching the competition this year, as the 2020 competition was cancelled due to the covid pandemic, and are looking forward to some exciting new entries," said CPRE Wiltshire Branch Chair Anne Henshaw.
Anyone in a village can pull the entry together and coordinate preparations for judging – it doesn’t have to be handled only by the parish council. All entrants need to submit is one form, a map and a short village report, which need not take long, and let the parish council know.
Entries need to be with CPRE Wiltshire no later than Monday, 26 April.
The main competition is again being sponsored by The Hills Group and prizes of up to £200 are awarded. Princeton Homes are again sponsoring the Laurence Kitching "Winner of Winners" Award (£200).
Mike Hill, Chief Executive of The Hills Group, said: “We encourage all villages to enter, irrespective of their size. The winners of the various sections receive great recognition and publicity for their efforts.”
The competition judges consider presentation - tidiness, absence of litter and evidence of community spirit and involvement – but do not award marks for the beauty of buildings, realising that otherwise the same villages might win every time.
First round judging will take place from 17 May to 13 June.
More information can be found on Find out more on CPRE Wiltshire’s website - www.cprewiltshire.org.uk/ - or by contacting CPRE Wiltshire by email at email@example.com or telephone on 01380 722157.