APPLICATIONS for the Gloucestershire rural excellence awards 2018 are now open.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England awards, which are now in their eleventh year, recognise rural developments that show an outstanding contribution to local environments, economies and communities.

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Westonbirt arboretum's treetop walkway won a rural excellence awrad in 2017

Last year's recipients reflected the wide variety of rural developments supported by the organisations and included Westonbirt Arboretum, Minchinhampton RFC clubhouse, Kingswood allotments, Horsley play project, Dursley tree house as well as many other projects from the area.

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Dursley tree house was also recognised in last year's awards

CPRE vice chair Richard Lloyd explained the importance of the awards: “The countryside is under siege from poor development, rural landscapes and wildlife are threatened by urban sprawl.

"We celebrate good building practice, and the enhancement of the countryside by our awards scheme," he said.

Nominations for appropriate projects are now welcome, for full details and nomination forms call 01452 309783 or visit

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Horsley play project was also given an award by the CPRE