Countryfile magazine awardsPosted: 2011-05-16
Awards are fun. We launched our own Heritage Awards last year and had a great time coming up with a list of winners and honourable mentions in a bunch of fun categories. Well, Countryfile magazine is doing the same. The companion magazine to the long-running television show has launched a set of 10 awards this year, and they're asking YOU to vote for the winners.
The first-ever annual Countryfile Magazine Awards is intended as a celebration of the British countryside and people, but there are several categories of interest for heritage fans like me - Britain's Favourite national park, Britain's greatest walking trail, best market town, best country house, and finest gardens. The other 5 categories rounding out the awards are Countryfile food hero 2010, Britain's finest nature reserve, Your favourite outdoor brand, Conservation project of the year, and Country writer of the year.
It's really interesting seeing which historic places are shortlisted. Some are predictable, like the country houses category which produced no real surprises, with predictable and very deserving houses like Chatsworth and Burleigh on the list. Of course one could argue the case for equally deserving candidates.
I was surprised by a few of the shortlisted gardens, though, including Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire and Hanham Court, Bristol, neither of which was particularly familiar to me. Ah! I see that MY local town of Stow-on-the-Wold is on the list of best market towns. I must go cast my vote for my 'local'.
I suggest you take a look at the shortlisted candidates and you might get some ideas for new places to visit. Oh, and if you need any extra incentive to cast your vote, every entry will be have a chance to win a holiday on Exmoor.
Countryfile magazine awards