The Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA) has announced the launch of The Prince of Wales Award 2019.
The Award, which the DCAA has run for 34 years, is open to Devon-based community projects. Entries are encouraged from all areas of the community, from schools through to small farm diversification projects. The emphasis, reflecting HRH the Prince of Wales’ personal beliefs, is on sustainability and young people.
Entries are judged by a panel from the DCAA and the winner is selected based on their outstanding contribution.
Winners receive a cheque for £1000 and must invest their prize in further community projects.
Last year’s winner was Wynstream Primary School for the completion of a sensory garden where groups of children are encouraged to learn growing skills, nurture plants and encourage pollinators. Commenting on the effect the award has had Angela Redmond, the Outdoor Learning Teacher said: ‘It has meant so much to our children and their families to have had their hard work rewarded in this way. They are even more inspired and motivated to learn about the natural world and respect and preserve the environment for themselves and future generations. The prize money has enabled us to fast track our plans to build our pollination project, which is now an environmental haven and beautiful, outdoor learning space.’
The DCAA is proud to host the awards and present the first prize at their flagship event, the Devon County Show, in May. Richard Maunder, Chief Executive said: ‘As an organisation, we are committed to supporting all aspects of life in our county. Community projects that educate and involve young people are essential for the sustainability and future of Devon. We very much hope the 2019 Awards will encourage even more people to come forward with inspirational ideas with a strong community benefit.’
Entries are now available to download from the website at www.devoncountyshow.co.uik. Entry deadline is March 29th 2019. The winner will be presented with their prize at Devon County Show 2019 on Friday 17th May.