Villages throughout Montgomeryshire in north Powys have been invited to take part in a new and refreshed Best Kept Village competition in 2016 – and this time it won’t be about immaculate lawns and floral displays.
The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales’ (CPRW) Montgomeryshire branch, in conjunction with Mid Wales and Shropshire property surveyors and estate agents Morris, Marshall and Poole, has launched a pilot Montgomeryshire Best Kept Village Competition with the aim of continuing it in years to come if successful.
The competition was launched by broadcaster and journalist Jules Hudson, best known for presenting the BBC’s Countryfile and A Place in the Country television programmes. He is also President of the CPRW.
“There have been best kept village competitions in existence for decades and we wanted to revise it in Montgomeryshire to highlight the great communities that exist here,” said Chris Fuller, chairman of the Montgomeryshire branch of the CPRW.
“In the past the focus has been very much on the aesthetic look of a village, but we are placing more emphasis on villages with a vibrant community spirit that creates satisfaction and well-being among inhabitants as well as providing local services and facilities.
“The state of the local environment and how it is cherished and cared for will also be important, but it’s not about finding the most beautiful village, nor the most ancient or picturesque, but one that is cared for.”
The competition will be trialled during 2016 and if successful it will continue in future years.
“Villages are an integral part of Montgomeryshire and we’re pleased to be supporting the revival of the best kept village competition, highlighting the breadth and diversity of our amazing communities here in north Powys,” said Andrew Turner, partner at Morris, Marshall and Poole who are sponsoring the competition and hosted the launch event with Jules Hudson at Welshpool Livestock Sales in Welshpool.
“As local property surveyors and estate agents we know how villages and communities place a great deal of emphasis on their local environment through groups, organisations, associations and community councils and we’re keen to help demonstrate this through the best kept village competition.”
Each community council may nominate one or more entries to the competition.
The deadline for entries is 26th February 2016. Anonymous judging will take place in May and June followed by final judging in July and August and the winning village announced in September.
“It’s great to see the launch of such an inspiring competition that will get villages looking at just how important they are when it comes to the lives of people who live in them and the local environment,” said Jules Hudson who officially launched the competition.
“I hope community councils, local groups and individuals within them take the opportunity to enter and demonstrate just how important villages and village life is in supporting the rural communities and economy.”
More details about the Best Kept Village can be found at www.facebook.com/cprwmontgomeryshire
Entries forms can be obtained from Chris Fuller, chairman of the CPRW Montgomeryshire branch by emailing chrisfuller61@hotmailcom.
For more media information, please contact:
Owain Betts, Communications Adviser at Morris, Marshall and Poole
T: 01686 639028 e: Owain.Betts@ombpr.com