The first "Badge of Honour" for pubs will be presented by the Pubs Minster, Marcus Jones, today (11 August) at the opening session of the Great British Beer Festival in London.

 

The Red Lion, Knotty Green, Beaconsfield, will be the first recipient of the This Pub Matters badge, which aims to protect pubs from demolition or conversion to other uses.

The joint initiative, between the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) and the Department for Communities & Local Government, has been launched to try and protect those pubs listed as Assets of Community Value.

It is hoped that some 3,000 of the badges will be awarded by the end of 2016.

The launch of the initiative comes as new statistics released today show neighbourhood 'suburban' pubs are bearing the brunt of pub closures with a whopping 17 of the 29 a week being in this category.

This compares to nine in rural locations and just three on the high street, according to Camra.

"The Great British pub is a national treasure which is why we brought in new powers so people can help protect their local by listing it as an asset of community value," said community pubs minister Marcus Jones.

"Hundreds of communities have seized this opportunity and I am delighted this is being recognised today at the Great British Beer Festival.

"There is an increasing confidence in the sector with community ownership of public houses starting to take off and the boom in Great British brewing."

To nominate a pub as an 'Asset of Community Value' and ensure it gets the protection it deserves visit www.camra.org.uk/listyourlocal

Key Stats:

- 800 pubs currently listed as 'Assets of Community Value' will be sent packs including the 'This Pub Matters' window sticker

- CAMRA target 3,000 pubs for protection with ACV status before the end of 2016

- 29 pubs per week closing in the UK over the last 12 months

- New figures show suburban areas worst hit, with 17 of the 29 net pub closures per week (high street 3, rural 9)