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Civic Societies, conservation groups and local councils are urged to nominate their favourite conservation area to find England’s favourite conservation area.

Announcing the launch of the 2023 award, Griff Rhys Jones said: "We have over 10,000 conservation areas in England which reflect the rich built heritage of the nation. England’s Favourite Conservation Area is a way of recognising the benefits conservation areas bring to making our towns unique and special. I look forward to seeing what comes forward. After Swindon Railway Village won in 2018 with 3,000+ votes from the local community, we hope this competition encourages other areas to use the award to raise the profile of their local area. The classification of a conservation area is based more on the area's general character and appearance than on any particular structure, which gives the area a sense of community pride. It is this pride in the place that means that a conservation area protection, upkeep, or enhancement of its beauty and enjoyment are shared responsibilities for us all."

The applications for the award will open on the 22nd of October, and you have until the end of the year to apply. The winner will be announced at an event in Parliament on 17th April 2023. The event in Parliament will be invitation-only and feature Laura Sandys, Vice-president of Civic Voice. We particularly want to see historic high conservation areas nominated for England's Favourite Conservation Area.


The shortlist will be compiled by a special panel of judges, chaired by Laura Sandys and representatives from the heritage and conservation sector.


How to apply for England's favourite conservation area

Before completing your submission, have you reviewed the Guidance Notes, which include the rules of entry and top tips for a good submission? 

Please note that you cannot save the form and return to it later, so we advise you to download the word version of the application form and copy and paste your answers into the online form when it will be available from September 2nd 2019.​ 

BCC Application form
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