Last call for Devon eco-community groups to challenge for £1,000 prize

As winter turns to spring and the first green shoots appear in the countryside, community groups in Devon geared to local sustainability are being reminded to get their entries in for this year’s Prince of Wales Award, organised by the Devon County Agricultural Association.

The Award carries with it a framed certificate signed by HRH The Prince of Wales, whose personal enthusiasms it reflects, and a prize of £1,000.  It will be presented at the Devon County Show (May 18-20) and is aimed at any community or group project with an environmental flavour. 

“If your project is green, community-based and making a difference in Devon, then download an application form from the Devon County Show website and get your entry in,” said Richard Maunder, DCAA Chief Executive.

“There’s £1,000 to be won, plus a lot of kudos, and, win or lose, you’ll almost certainly learn something valuable from the exercise.

“The hallmark of previous winners has been their sheer diversity. We’ve had a village shop co-operative, an allotments’ group, a particularly enterprising village trust and, last year, a group of people from the heart of Exeter who are doing a fantastic job in revitalising their local park. And, without exception, they have all told us what a shot in the arm winning this award gave them.

“We would particularly welcome entries from schools and groups of young people, because it is their futures that this award is really all about.”

The closing date for entries is March 13.  Full details and applications form are available on the Devon County Show website www.devoncountyshow.co.uk

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For further information contact: Anne Ashford, PR & Marketing for the Devon County Show on 01823 490965/07971 275840 press@dcshow.org

Notes to editors:

  • Devon County Show – May 18-20 at Westpoint, Exeter
  • This is the 122nd Show – the first was held in 1872
  • The Devon County is one of the South West's most iconic and enduring annual events attracting up to 95,000 people.
  • The Show is an impressive rural show window showcasing award-winning livestock, the finest food and drink and rural living at its most vibrant
  • The County Show is the flagship event of the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA), which has played a leading role in the development of agriculture, education and the rural economy in Devon since its formation in 1872.
  • HRH The Countess of Wessex is the President of the DCAA for a one-year term which started in January 2017.
  • www.devoncountyshow.co.uk