Community groups urged to make their pitch for Devon’s ‘greenest award’

A last call is going out to community groups and environmental initiatives across Devon to enter  this year’s Prince of Wales Award, organised by the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA).

The Award, which carries a top prize of £1,000, is intended to recognise and encourage community projects, schools and small farm business diversification projects which are seeking to educate and involve young people in sustainable initiatives.

“Concern and interest in environmental issues has probably never been stronger,” said Richard Maunder, Chief Executive of the DCAA.

“We know that there are all sorts of exciting things happening across Devon, as community groups think global - on issues like plastic pollution of the oceans, or climate change - but act local, so as to make a real difference.

“We want to highlight all of that good work, as well as lending a helping hand, but to do that we need entries, and the more the better. So come on, all of you community groups and local partnerships - help us to show the world that it’s not just the grass in Devon that is greener than anywhere else!”

Previous winners have included a community run book-shop, a co-operatively organised village shop and a local allotments project.  Entrants can be urban as well as rural.  Two years ago the award was won by Park Life Heavitree, a project which has re-invigorated Heavitree Pleasure Ground in Exeter.

Besides the prize-money and a certificate signed by HRH the Prince of Wales, the award offers the opportunity to raise the profile of projects, attracting new supporters and opening up new avenues.  The application form is straightforward to complete, and can be accessed via the Devon County Show website:

Applications close on March 21, 2018.


Notes to editors:

  • The Devon County Show is one of the South West's most iconic and enduring annual events attracting up to 95,000 people.
  • The 2018 Show is the 123rd – the first was held in 1872
  • The Show is an impressive rural show window showcasing award-winning livestock, the finest food and drink and rural living at its most vibrant
  • The County Show is the flagship event of the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA), which has played a leading role in the development of agriculture, education and the rural economy in Devon since its formation in 1872
  • The Show Secretary is Ollie Allen
  • The 2018 DCAA President is Edward Darke
  • The DCAA Chairman (an honorary position chairing the 100 strong Trustee Council body) is Mrs Mary Quicke MBE
  • The 2018 Devon County Show will be held on May 17, 18 and 19 at Westpoint, Exeter