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FORQ recognised at CPRE Herts Awards

Friends of the Rib & Quin were honoured to be amongst the nominees for the CPRE Herts Awards for 2022 and joined other groups at the presentation evening at County Hall in Hertford in mid-October.

CPRE Herts ambition for the awards is to recognise and celebrate inspirational people engaged in activities which enhance and protect the Hertfordshire countryside and its rural communities. On the evening it was indeed inspiring to hear of the efforts being made county-wide by so many people, keen to enhance and protect their local environment and communities. Summaries of the groups nominated can be read here, including one for our friends at Braughing Parish Paths Group whose work was also recognised on the evening.

We also had the opportunity to talk with Cllr Annie Brewster, Leader of Herts County Council on the problems of abstraction and pollution that impact the Rib, the Quin and all of Hertfordshire’s chalk streams.

We were honoured to receive a Gold Award and also a Special Award, along with Clare Gooden of the Hiz Conservation Group, in recognition of noteworthy contributions to protecting Hertfordshire’s chalk streams in a year when the state of Britain’s rivers has been national crisis.

We are extremely grateful to Cllr Andrew Huggins for nominating Friends of the Rib & Quin and his kind words on Facebook, who said.

For me last night made two points emphatically clear. Firstly just how incredibly important our chalk streams are as resources that we must seek to protect. Secondly, how valued the work this group is doing, is to the people of Hertfordshire. Which has now been formally recognised. Well done to Mark for setting up and organising this group. Also well done and congratulations to anyone who has been apart of this movement, you are making a difference.

Thank-you Andrew!