Best Kept Village Winners 2014
Chalfont St Peter receives Best Kept Village Award
John Hatton, vice chairman of the CSP Parish Council, accepted the Pushman Cup from Countess Howe, Deputy Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire, on Saturday afternoon at the newly opened Millennium Wood Nature Reserve.
The Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village Competition has been in existence for 58 years and attracts over 50 entrants every year from villages and small towns throughout Buckinghamshire. The judging takes place throughout June. This is the eighth time that St Peter has won the Pushman Cup, the trophy for villages of more than 3 000 people.
Marks in the competition are awarded for overall appearance and evidence of community effort. Commons, green spaces and playing fields are judged, as well as the areas surrounding pubs and shops. Gardens of rest and cemeteries are also evaluated.
Countess Howe made special mention that Chalfont St Peter always made a good impression on her because of the vibrancy of its community and its hardworking volunteer groups. ‘A trophy like this cannot be won by the efforts of the hay wardens, other council staff and the parish council alone, and the entire village and all its volunteers needed to be congratulated on their efforts in securing this award for their village’, said the Countess in her presentation address.
‘A great deal of work goes into maintaining our open spaces and public areas, keeping them well tended and litter free. This effort is complimented by some attractive shop window displays, the hanging baskets provided by the Chamber of Commerce, and the display of flags and lights decorating the village on special occasions throughout the year – all of this, plus the efforts of volunteer groups like the Misbourne River Action Group and the Heritage Group – all these help towards impressing the judges and bringing the cup to CSP’, said John Hatton, Vice Chairman of the Parish Council.
Judges also made special mention of the village’s efforts to encourage bio-diversity as part of the Parish Council’s 10 Year Woodland Management Plan, especially in the new designated wildlife friendly reserve area neighbouring the Community Centre, the newly named Millennium Wood Nature Reserve.
Bucks Best Kept Village Competition is an annual competition, sponsored by Bucks County Council, the District Councils from Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe, Motts Coaches and international real estate adviser Savills.