Tata Steel wins the 2015 Lincolnshire Environmental Award

Friday 22nd May 2015

Before and after - Tata Steel

Tata Steel was presented with the Business Award and the Overall Lincolnshire Environmental Award in a ceremony last night (Thursday 21 May 2015). The Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award was presented to Osgodby Primary School.

Throughout the day, the finalists gave presentations to the panel of judges chaired by renowned environmentalist David Bellamy. At the evening Gala Dinner at the Bentley Hotel in Lincoln, the winning entries were announced.

Overall Winner of the Lincolnshire Environmental Award 2015: Tata Steel, Scunthorpe


Farm/Rural enterprise award sponsored by Lincoln Toyota: Morris Brothers, Sand Hill Grange, Epworth

Runner’s Up: J.L. Dodsworth & Co, Burgh le Marsh

Community award sponsored by Centrica: River Slea Clean Up Group, Sleaford

Runner’s Up: The John Harrison Foundation, Grimsby and The Coastal Eco Centre, Skegness

Business award sponsored by Anglian Water: Tata Steel, Scunthorpe

Runner’s Up: Elsham Golf Course and Greetham Holiday Retreat

Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award 2015 supported by FCC Environment: Osgodby Primary School

Runner’s Up: Bourne Westfield Primary Academy, St. Gilbert of Sempringham Church of England Primary School, Lincoln Minster School Eco Club, St Gilbert's Church of England Primary School

Overall Winner of the Lincolnshire Environmental Award 2015 and Business award sponsored by Anglian Water: Tata Steel, Scunthorpe

Tata Steel’s Scunthorpe site falls within an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) because of elevated dust levels caused by wind blowing dust off the site. To alleviate this problem Tata Steel embarked on a project to create a green space with the objectives of mitigating wind speed (a major reason for dust dispersion), maintaining soil moisture levels (reducing the problem of dry soil erosion), improving soil stabilisation through tree roots and leaf decomposition and improving biodiversity through new vegetation.

Over 154,000 trees have now been planted in the area, while 4 miles of green embankment have been created with 7.5 acres of the project area seeded with wildflowers. The alternative to this was to cover the area in tarmac.

Creating a green space has not only benefited nature, it has made a more pleasant environment for people to work in and proved significantly cost effective compared to the alternative.

Farm/Rural enterprise award sponsored by Lincoln Toyota: Morris Brothers, Sand Hill Grange, Epworth

The Morris Brothers have set aside a significant part of their land for nature; this land surrounds a local nature reserve, allowing it to compliment the reserve through the creation of additional wildlife habitats including the development of wetland, woodland and heathland considerably boosting the biodiversity of the local area.


Community award sponsored by Centrica: River Slea Clean Up Group, Sleaford

After the River Slea became clogged up with man-made rubbish, local people got together to create the River Slea Clean Up Group, removing 500kg of man-made rubbish from the river over 18 months. The group has received support from Keep Britain Tidy and Anglian Water’s River Care project.

Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award 2015 supported by FCC Environment: Osgodby Primary School, Market Rasen

The school joined the Lincolnshire SCoRE (Schools’ collaboration on Resource Efficiency) project when it was launched in the local area two years ago and won the area competition after saving the biggest percentage of electricity. The school has become noted for its energy efficiency and the children are enthusiastic promoters of energy saving measures.