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Ledbury shortlisted for National Prize
18 August 2015

A 'Village Green' improvement scheme in Ledbury, Herefordshire, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award at the 2015 Biffa Awards. A ceremony which recognises the people who build communities and transform lives through Biffa Award funded projects.

Community Voluntary Action, Ledbury & District will now compete against three other organisations from across the country for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Recreation’ category and receive a £1,500 prize!

The project received £28,171 in funding from Biffa Award to improve an area of land, known as Pool Piece for a range of community activities. The project has created an outdoor space comprising children's play area, pleasant seating, an activity space and meeting area. The new improvements have also created a more environmentally friendly, attractive area by adding a range of native plants and flowers to encourage insects and birds. Because of the success of the project several events have already been held in Pool Piece, including a short play based on the Gruffalo, by the younger members of the village drama group, as well as folk music and a family picnic.

The Biffa Awards 2015 will be held on October 1 at the Coventry Transport Museum. All the finalists will be invited to attend a day of celebrating the passion and commitment of those who dedicate their lives to building communities and transforming lives; benefiting those around them, as well as the environment.

Competition has been fierce from the start, with more than 240 projects eligible to enter the awards under five different categories: Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, Rebuilding Biodiversity, Recreation and Small Grants.

Category winners at the Awards will receive a trophy and prize money of £1,500, which can be used to further develop their project.  Each winner then has the chance of being crowned the Overall Winner for 2015, receiving a further £1,000 prize.


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:

 “The Biffa Awards have been held for over 10 years and each year they create a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate and recognise the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded. A great deal of the projects we support have a huge and lasting impact on their local community and environment, so to be shortlisted for an award is a wonderful achievement in itself.  Our judges have a difficult but exciting task ahead in choosing the winners.”