Introducing Barney & The Devon Countryside Ambassador Scheme

We would like to introduce you to a special new member, and Devon’s Head ‘Countryside Ambassador’ – Barney! He is our new emblem for children (and those young at heart!) who love Devon’s countryside and wish to protect it. Its such a big task, that Barney is looking for help! He would like primary school children across the county to join him in his task of looking after the countryside and therefore qualify as a Devon Countryside Ambassador!

Our Badge

Barney is of course a traditional Devon breed and, like his friends and family, enjoys being amongst Devon’s lush green pastures, the gently rolling hills and valleys, the riverbanks and hedgerows and sometimes gazing out to sea. He loves Devon’s countryside and wants to protect it for animals, wildlife and people to enjoy too.

As Head Countryside Ambassador, he is wearing one of our new Devon Countryside Ambassador Badges with pride. Would you like to win a Devon Countryside Ambassador badge? These badges can be won by primary school children throughout Devon as prizes in our writing competition, ‘I think its important to protect the countryside because….’ or our painting competition ‘My Outdoors’ or by getting involved in litter picking with their schools.


Thank you to all the schools and children who entered our competitions this year – we had more entries than ever before! And lots of excellent pieces of work, making it very difficult for the judges to pick the winners. But we are pleased to announce the following results:

Winner Key Stage 2 – Art competition:
Rose Greenhill (age 10) from Whitchurch Primary for her seaside painting.

Winner Key Stage 1 – Art competition:
Florence Farnell (age 5) from Bowhill Primary, Exeter for her picture entitled A Walk through Danes Wood near Killerton.

Winner Countryside Writing competition:
Marney Cruise (age 10) from Whitchurch Primary, who wrote

I think its important to protect Devon’s countryside because….

If we carry on building on green space there won’t be any room for wildlife. There are lots of houses for humans but we are still building more in the habitats (homes) of animals. Litter is a big part of the problem. The council need to conduct more litter picks. We may then have a cleaner safer county.

The Best Overall School prize was won by St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Buckfast for the writing competition; and Whitchurch Primary for the art competition.

Our Devon Countryside Ambassador Badges and Highly Commended prizes were also awarded to children from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Beechwood, Southway, Plymouth; Buckfast; Bowhill Primary, Exeter; Newtown Primary, Exeter; Hatherleigh; Exbourne; Sparkwell; Whitchurch; Wembury.

Congratulations to them all. We have greatly enjoyed visiting the schools and meeting the children. We look forward to next year.

2019 Competition Entry Forms

More information and entry forms can be downloaded here:

    In 2019 we have two competitions for primary school children – our ‘My Outdoors’ painting competition and our Writing competition – tell us why you think its important to protect the countryside. Entry forms and postcards are available from us – drop us an email on or call us on 01392 966737 – or can be downloaded below. Once again, there will be a top prize for the winning school of £200 as well as individual prizes for the winning children. Closing date for entries is the end of June 2019.

  • Writing entry form 2018
  • My outdoors entry form 2018

CPRE Devon have supported school’s Outdoor Learning for a number of years and we’re looking forward to encouraging more children to learn about and appreciate our green spaces, environment and countryside too – and with Barney’s help! Barney’s BULLetins will be emailed regularly to all Devon’s primary schools, to keep in touch with news and events. Barney’s going to have a busy year!


CPRE Devon is delighted to announce the results of this year’s ‘My Outdoors’ competition for primary schoolchildren. We received entries from right across the county from girls and boys who had captured their favourite Devon landscape on paper.

The competition is a fun way to encourage outdoor learning and help young children engage with and enjoy the countryside. Pencils, paints and sticking paste were all put to use to create art works which captured the beauty and variety of Devon’s natural landscapes.

The judges were impressed with the children’s creativity and hard work. They had a hard task choosing between the entries!

Bishops Nympton Primary School near South Molton won ‘Best overall school’ and a prize of £200 towards outdoor learning. East Anstey Primary School on Exmoor and St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Buckfast were both highly commended, winning £50 each towards outdoor learning initiatives. All children who entered the competition win one of Barney’s new Devon Countryside Ambassador badges.

The individual winners were:
Key Stage 1 – Amelie Willis Smith, aged 5, from Holbeton Primary School. The judges loved her delightful collage The Beach.
Key Stage 2 – Ava Perkins, aged 8, from Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School in Exeter. The judges were impressed by her painting entitled Dartmoor.

There were lots of commendations too for entries from Bishops Nympton, East Anstey, St. Mary’s in Buckfast, Holbeton and Exeter schools Willowbrook, Ladysmith, Wynstream and Clyst Heath.

Thank you to everyone who supported CPRE Devon by entering, and congratulations to all the winners!

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