Applications for the annual Golden Mile Competition are being sought by the County Council. The competition aims to make the community more aware of their natural environment and encourages the maintenance of that area according to best conservation practice. A series of workshops will be held for prospective entrants. Schools, community groups, tidy towns and walking groups are marked on road aspects, the quality and condition of old houses and farm buildings and the condition of hedges and gates. Judging takes place in June.