Nominations now open for local awards celebrating community projects

The countdown to the Acland Awards 2017 has begun and the search is on to find wildlife, environment and heritage projects that are making a difference in your area.
Each year the Acland Award, presented by the East Devon AONB Partnership, offers the chance to celebrate the achievements of projects across East Devon and recognise the individuals, groups and businesses involved in their success.
Last year's winner, Trill Farm, (see photo links below) received the popular award for their ‘Outstanding Contribution to East Devon Food and Drink’ and were commended for their education programme and organic enterprises based on the farm; including beef and sheep raising, horticulture and cookery.
This year, the award theme will celebrate the actions of individuals or organisations that have achieved good things for the wildlife, environment or heritage of the AONB. Members of the public are invited to nominate anyone who they think deserves special recognition – organisations or individual projects are also encouraged to share their own stories by nominating themselves.
Chris Woodruff, AONB Manager, commented:
"Trill Farm were our Acland Award winners last year and their good work continues to go from strength to strength. Now, for 2017, the Acland Award will provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate achievements with a different focus".
"There are many projects, large and small, across East Devon that play a vital role in local communities and our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as a whole".
"I urge members of the public to get involved and nominate initiatives or individuals they think have made an important contribution to wildlife, the environment or heritage for an this award".
Anyone interested in nominating a project or individual for the Acland Award should visit the AONB website or contact the AONB team for more details on 01404 46663/ The deadline for applications is 13 August 2017.
The award presentation will take place on 27 September 2017, as part of the AONB Annual Meeting evening event.