Awards shortlist revealed

The Grand Cascade water feature in the heart of the Alnwick Garden, Northumberland. This developing garden is the inspiration of Jane, Duchess of Northumberland whose vision is to develop it into a contemporary garden that integrates water and light into a theatre of gardens. Its dramatic main feature is the Grand Cascade which is a magnificent tumbling mass of water ending in an eruption of fountains sending 350 litres of water into the air every second. The sequence lasts 12 minutes., The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland, England.
The Grand Cascade water feature in the heart of the Alnwick Garden, Northumberland. This developing garden is the inspiration of Jane, Duchess of Northumberland whose vision is to develop it into a contemporary garden that integrates water and light into a theatre of gardens. Its dramatic main feature is the Grand Cascade which is a magnificent tumbling mass of water ending in an eruption of fountains sending 350 litres of water into the air every second. The sequence lasts 12 minutes., The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland, England.

From an award-winning real-ale pub to a world-renowned tourist attraction, Northumberland is well represented in a national competition.

The shortlists have been announced for the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2014/15 and some of the area’s social spots and wildlife are in the running to win.

A red squirrel.

A red squirrel.

The Alnwick Garden, The John Bull Inn, in Alnwick, the Northumberland National Park and the red squirrel have been nominated.

But, each contender relies on the public vote, which runs until Saturday, January 31.

There are 12 categories and each shortlist has been compiled by a leading expert in their field.

The red squirrel has been put forward in the Wildlife Success Story of the Year because ‘the species showed evidence of recovery, expanding its range in Northumberland’ among other areas.

Others on the category shortlist, compiled by BBC Wildlife Magazine, are the otter, white-tailed eagle, hazel dormouse and large blue butterfly.

The John Bull has been nominated in the Rural Pub of the Year and is praised for its vast range of cask-conditioned ales, real cider, whisky and Belgian beers.

Other contenders in the section, compiled by CAMRA, are the Surrey Oaks, Surrey, The Pilot, Swansea, The Salutation Inn, Gloucestershire, The Windmill, Kent, Steam Packet Inn, Dumfries & Galloway, The Freshfield, Merseyside, Prince of Wales, Cumbria, Five Bells, Berkshire and The Harewood Arms, Cheshire.

BBC Gardener’s World Magazine has nominated Alnwick Garden in the Garden of the Year, describing it as innovative. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Trentham Gardens, Stafford, Kew Gardens, Surrey, and The Lost Gardens of Heligan, in Cornwall are also shortlisted.

Northumberland National Park is in the National Park of the Year, alongside the Lake District and Snowdonia.

Visit www.countryfile.com/awards2014-15 and vote by January 31. Winners will be crowned in the magazine’s April edition.