Environmental Award 2014 finalists announced

Wednesday 25th June 2014

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The finalists in the Lincolnshire Environmental Award will make presentations to the panel of judges on Thursday 3 July at the Bentley Hotel in Lincoln.

Community groups, businesses and farmers schools from Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire have entered the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2014. The judges of the green award scheme have been visiting entrants and have now drawn up the list of finalists.

The final judging and announcement of the winning entries in each category and of the overall winner takes place on Thursday 3 July at the Bentley Hotel in Lincoln. The panel of judges will be chaired by renowned environmentalist Professor David Bellamy.  

Photo and interview opportunity:
Members of the press are invited to attend the presentation day and dinner.
The winning entrants in the Young Environmentalist Award will be announced at approximately 11.45am.

Tickets for the presentation dinner (evening) when the winning entrants in the adult section of the awards are announced are available at £30.00 from Lindum Rotary Club. Please contact Roger Pavey on 01673 885516 if you would like to attend.

The finalists in the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2014 are:

Business award sponsored by Anglian Water:

Boston West Golf Club – has embraced environmental and conservation good practice: solar panels on the clubhouse roof provide energy and waste water is treated and used with harvested rainwater for golf course irrigation. Habitats for wildlife have been created including reedbeds, woods, hedgerows, ponds, log piles and a brick barn owl tower.

Branston Potatoes Ltd – one of the largest growers, buyers, packers and distributers of potatoes in the UK, Branston Ltd have worked hard to minimize environmental impacts. Their initiatives include with water recycling facilities that have reduced mains use by 60% and a biomass boiler that uses waster wooden potato boxes and pallets.

Cargill PLC – are very pro-active at encouraging sustainable travel amongst their staff; they have helped their local community be providing land for allotments; and work closely with the local primary school proving funding for various initiatives.

 

Community award sponsored by Centrica:

Bishops Palace Heritage Site – this heritage site in Nettleham had lain derelict for many years until the parish council identified it as being one that should be converted into an amenity for all to enjoy. Working with other local groups and the community, the site now includes interpretive panels and a discovery trail, a wildflower meadow, woodland, orchard and dry stone wall reconstructed by volunteers.

Grantham River Care – a group of volunteers of all ages and social backgrounds have adopted a two mile stretch of the River Witham in Grantham. They turn out regardless of the weather to clear litter from the river and recycle as much as possible. They have also carried out conservation work, bat watches and nature studies.

The Coastal Eco Centre – this 14 acre former landfill site in Skegness has been specifically developed to valuable resource for the local community. The mosaic of woodlands, ponds and meadows that encourage wildlife to flourish are cleverly mixed with a wide range of training facilities, classrooms and outdoor study areas.

 

Farm/Rural enterprise award sponsored by Lincoln Toyota:

F G Battle and Sons – the family farm near Branston has always combined commercial and profitable arable farming with the retention and enhancement of wildlife habitats and landscape features. Hedgerows, ponds and traditional buildings have been restored; and limestone grasslands, wetlands and beetle banks created. Barn owl boxes have been successful and there are good numbers of hares and many other species.

Marriage’s Specialist Foods – the Marriages have run their milling flour and animal feed business since 1824. Their latest venture is Honeyfields wild bird food range; Conservation Grade food for garden birds that guarantees the ingredients have been grown on a farm that has been proven to have reversed the decline in some of our most endangered species.

Rudies Roots Nurseries – offer a ‘hire a Christmas tree’ service for the festive season. Hired for the Christmas period, the potted living trees are returned to the nursery. The same trees can be utilised for 10 years or more before eventually getting to large for pot production – they are then planted and grown in the nursery. The trees are kept weed free by grazing rare breed sheep and rheas.

 

Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award sponsored by FCC:

Cordeaux Academy – students from the academy have worked with the Lincolnshire Chalk Streams project to discover the extent of the otter population and learn more about the rare chalk stream habitat.

Jordan Havell – 12 year old Jordan is passionate about local wildlife and has undertaken many wildlife challenges and awards including the RSPB’s Big Schools Birdwatch and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Shoresearch. He has also built a new garden from scratch which includes flowers for bees and a stone haven for minibeasts.

Kirkby La Thorpe Primary Academy – participate in numerous projects that teach pupils about living in a sustainable manner: recycling, re-using and composting; each class has their own garden and children cook their own produce; and this year they have focused on sustainable travel to school.

Skegness Infant Academy – immerse themselves in environmental and sustainability issues through turning the grounds into an eco-area with a bog area, habitat piles and hedges; and recycling and re-using as much as possible. There are no barriers to outdoor learning and new ideas including developing “mud kitchens”.


The Lincolnshire Environmental Awards, the only dedicated environmental awards in the county, are organised by Lindum Rotary Club and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. www.lincsenvironmentalawards.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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