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.’