Hedgerley Parish Council
Best Kept Village
A Summary of the Best Kept Village Competition:
The Best Kept Village Competition is an annual competition organized by the registered charity the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) started in the early 1970’s.
Competing villages fall into one of four groups:
- Villages that have won in the past 5 years
- Villages of a population between 500 and 3,000
- Villages of a population up to 500
- Villages that are new to the competition or have not entered for 10 years.
A panel of anonymous judges, touring between May and June and conducting final judging in July and August, evaluates each village on the following criteria:
- Absence of litter and unsightly refuse dumps on verges (10 points)
- Condition of village greens, playing fields, school yards, public seats, and noticeboards (10 points)
- Condition of public and private buildings, gardens, and allotments (10 points)
- Condition of churchyards, cemeteries, and war memorials (10 points)
- Condition of public halls, sports facilities, and car parks (10 points)
- Cleanliness of public toilets, bus shelters, and telephone kiosks (10 points)
- State of footpaths, stiles, field gates, signposting, ponds, and streams (10 points)
- Condition of commercial and business premises, including advertisements and other signs (10 points)
- Initiative in the care of the environment of the village (10 points)
- Evidence of community spirit and usefulness of Village Map (10 points)
The CPRE makes it clear that the competition is designed to encourage the residents of a village to take greater pride in their surroundings, and to award the village that is best cared for rather than for the assets and beauty that it may possess.
Features that define a village or small town and should be present in all applications:
- Place of worship, any denomination
- Village green, playing field or recreation ground
- Community centre, village, church or assembly hall
The judges look for well kept open spaces, community facilities and evidence of community involvement.