Lincolnshire Environmental Award 2015 finalists announced

Thursday 14th May 2015

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The finalists in the Lincolnshire Environmental Award will make presentations to the panel of judges on Thursday 21 May at the Bentley Hotel in Lincoln.

Community groups, businesses, farmers and schools from Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire have entered the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2015. 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 21 May 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 12noon.

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 the Rotary Club of Lindum, Lincoln Please contact Roger Pavey on 01673 885516 if you would like to attend.

The finalists in the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2015 are:

Best Business Award supported by Anglian Water

Tata Steel, Scunthorpe - The industrial methods to achieve dust control at ground level generally fall into the use ‘hard surfacing’, ‘water spraying’ and ‘chemical sealing’ of surfaces. Tata Steel decided the local air quality issue would be best helped in the longer term by a project of tree planting and vegetation growth. A recycled material was used to create a soil bund and 90,000 trees planted. As well as improving air quality, the project has increased biodiversity in an industrial setting.

Elsham Golf Club, North Lincolnshire – this 115 acre golf course has a wide range of habitats including wildflower areas designed for a range of pollinating insects, log piles, standing dead wood plus a variety of bird boxes, insect hotels and animal shelters. Waste oil, oil air filters, workshop waste, all recycled and not sent to landfill and energy is generated via the 40 solar panels fitted to the greenkeepers workshop.

Greetham Retreat Holidays, Horncastle – the self-catering holiday cottage accommodation business and Caravan Club CL site is on land that has been transformed from an unloved grass field into a mixed sanctuary for flora and wildlife with wildlife ponds, wildflower meadows and mixed hedgerows. The accommodation has solar PV panels, are double glazed, have excellent insulation, exceeding modern building standards; rainwater is re-cycled and used for watering container plants and herbs.

Best Community Award supported by Centrica Energy

River Slea Clean up Group, Sleaford – founded in 2013, the first litter pick held by the group attracted over twenty very enthusiastic volunteers with immediate recognizable results on the amount of rubbish in the river and on its banks. The group became more formalised in 2014 with new litter picking equipment, insurances, safety equipment, first aid training, and with local town businesses helping with extra equipment, along with the donation of a boat the group moved on and scheduled successful clean-up events throughout 2014.

Seagull Recycling Ltd & the Coastal Eco Centre, Skegness – The Coastal Eco Centre, situated on an old landfill site, supports local communities with environmental campaigns and skills-based outdoor projects for families/young people/disabled individuals from 1-81 years old and community groups to reconnect them with the natural environment. They are working with over twenty primary schools offering innovative ‘Learning outside the Classroom’ activities and support them to develop their grounds and ‘Grow their Own’ activities.

The John Harrison Foundation, Grimsby - To celebrate the Tercentenary of the successful voyage of the John Harrison watch H4 to the West Indies, the John Harrison Foundation are creating a Longitude Wood with the assistance of N E Lincs. Council, the Woodland Trust, Grimsby in Bloom, the Rotary Clubs of Grimsby and Cleethorpes also local families of the community of Wybers Wood. On Saturday 29 November 2014 an army of volunteers turned out at a tree planting event to create a new green space in Great Coates, the embryonic Longitude Wood.

Best Farm / Rural Enterprise Award supported by Lincoln Toyota

J.L. Dodsworth & Co, Burgh le Marsh - 180 acres of converted wet grassland has been designed to provide habitat for breeding waders and waterfowl. Species that have nested include lapwing, ringed and little ringed plover, avocet and skylark. The area also provides overwintering for many waterfowl and a stop-off point for many migratory birds.

Morris Brothers, Sand Hill Grange, Epworth - enhancement schemes have created a varied habitat for wildlife while still being able to run a profitable enterprise these include planting mixed hedging and 16 acres of woodland, creating ponds and developing a heathland.

Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award supported by FCC Environment

Bourne Westfield Primary Academy - Bourne Westfield has focused its attention upon transport, reducing our carbon footprint and supporting/appreciating our local environment. We have reduced the amount of waste, had litter picks around the school grounds, installed toilet hippos in all toilets to reduce water usage and created a travel plan which has involved every pupil signing a WOW pledge (walk once a week). The whole school has become excited to become as green as possible.

St. Gilbert of Sempringham Church of England Primary School, Pointon, Sleaford - The school field is undergoing development into an area filled with wonder called The Lost Garden of the Gilbertines; embracing physical literacy and taking children's learning back to nature with a dipping pond, a cave, different plants and grasses to encourage wildlife and weekly Forest School lessons both during and after school.

Lincoln Minster School Eco Club – The school Eco Club have been working on a whole school recycling project. Their aims are to raise awareness of the importance of recycling, encourage the school community to collect recyclable materials, celebrate the art of recycling with a school sculpture competition and use other collected recycling to improve the wildlife area by building a minibeast trail and a bug hotel.

St Gilbert's Church of England Primary School, Stamford - building works in 2011 to provide a school kitchen and two new classrooms left an unsightly messy area fenced off from the children. This has been transformed into a tranquil area where the children can go during playtimes with a pond, seating areas, vegetable plot and wildlife area.

Osgodby Primary School, Market Rasen – the school joined the Lincolnshire SCoRE (Schools’ collaboration on Resource Efficiency) project when it was launched in their area two years ago and won the area competition as we saved the biggest percentage of electricity. With our prize money we had LED lights fitted in part of our school.We have some light sensors that switch off on their won.


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