Group win Hampshire prize from Solent coastline preservation

From left, Laura Howles, Gemma Lacey, Natalie Hands, Ian Wilson and Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson
From left, Laura Howles, Gemma Lacey, Natalie Hands, Ian Wilson and Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson
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A LOCAL group have been crowned winners of a competition that protects the local countryside.

The Solent Way Project, run by the Conservation Volunteers, triumphed in the Campaign to Protect Rural England Hampshire’s Countryside Awards in the Southern Co-operative-sponsored Community and Voluntary category.

The Conservation Volunteers work with local communities and have helped to maintain the Solent Way, a 60-mile stretch of walkway along the Hampshire coast.

The countryside conservation charity, CPRE Hampshire, runs the awards to celebrate a beautiful and living countryside that everyone can value and enjoy.

Gemma Lacey, director of sustainability and communications at the Southern Co-operative said: ‘This extensive project is connecting communities along Hampshire’s coastline.

‘The Solent Way Project stood out because of the sheer community reach of its collective projects, mobilising a diverse and broad range of volunteers to come together to not only improve access to our coastline but to educate and inspire young people and adults alike.’