Residents are being asked to nominate groups or individuals who have made efforts to improve life and enhance the environment in St Albans and Harpenden.

CPRE Hertfordshire Rural Living Awards scheme recognises people, who work in the community and environment as well as a Rural Living Champion award to recognise young people and adults who make outstanding contributions to rural life.

Judges are looking for innovative projects which bring rural communities together, benefit the community and promote access to the countryside.

One of last year’s top accolades went to the Ver Valley Society for its series of circular and through walks, mapped and maintained by volunteers for all to enjoy.

The old railway platform in Wheathampstead, now converted into an outdoor museum and picnic site, was also recognised in the 2013 Awards.

Nominations for 2014’s Awards can be made by May 30. For more information visit