Seeking Lincolnshire’s green heroes

Thursday 25th February 2016

Raking hay at Gibraltar PointRaking hay at Gibraltar Point - Matthew Roberts

Could you be a winner? The search is on to find Lincolnshire’s most environmentally friendly businesses, communities, farms and schools.

Entries are sought for the county's most prestigious celebration of environmental excellence: The Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2016.

"The Lincolnshire Environmental Awards are great way to showcase work and achievements, boost morale and reward individuals and teams for their hard work, and to inspire and encourage others to take action." commented Chairman of the Awards Committee, Roger Pavey. “They are a showcase: giving community groups, schools, businesses and farmers an opportunity to demonstrate that they are playing their part in making Lincolnshire a better county."

A very diverse range of people and groups enter the awards. Past winners have included village community groups that have created wildlife areas; schools that have grown their own vegetables, built recycled bottle greenhouses and bug palaces; farmers that have restored and planted hedges, and created wetlands; and businesses that run their offices sustainably from recycling paper to collecting rainwater to wash fleet cars.

Roger Pavey continued "We want to hear about the success stories of farmers, schools, community groups and businesses that go the extra mile to reduce their carbon footprint and help wildlife. All of these, and more, deserve to be more widely known."

The winner of the Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award (for schools and youth groups with children aged under 13 years) will receive a cash prize of £250 and the runner up a cash prize of £150.

How to enter the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2016

Simply write a short description of your project (200 – 300 words) and send it, together with a contact name telephone number and email address, to:

Lincolnshire Environmental Awards
c/o Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Banovallum House
Manor House Street
Horncastle
Lincolnshire LN9 5HF

Entries can be submitted online at www.lincsenvironmentalawards.org.uk

Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2016

Anglian Water Business Award

Centrica Energy Community Award

Branston Ltd Rural and Farming Award

FCC Young Environmentalist Award

The closing date for entries is Thursday 31 March 2016, following which a judging panel will shortlist projects. Each shortlisted project will be contacted to arrange a visit during May, to meet those involved for a short discussion, and tour if appropriate. Finalists will be invited to present their entries to the final panel of judges led by Professor David Bellamy on Thursday 26 May 2016 at the Bentley Hotel in Lincoln. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner at the Bentley Hotel that evening.

The Lincolnshire Environmental Awards, the only dedicated environmental awards in the county, are organised by Lindum Rotary Club and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. Details of the winners and runners-up of previous year's Environment Awards can be found on the Awards website.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Lincolnshire Environmental Awards and the Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Awards are sponsored by Anglian Water, Centrica, Toyota Lincoln and FCC (formerly Waste Recycling Group).
    The Patrons of the Awards are: Mr Toby Dennis, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, the Rt. Revd. Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln and Professor David Bellamy.
     
  2. Lindum Rotary Club established the environment award in 1993. The club is one of four in the Lincoln area. It has 37 members drawn from businesses and professions from the Lincoln area. The club works to give service to the community both locally and internationally through the wider Rotary movement. Lindum Rotary Club also organises the Lincolnshire Youth Speaks competition and is involved in fundraising for various charities. Rotary celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005, it was founded by Paul Harris in Chicago in 1905.
     
  3. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and wild places throughout the historic county of Lincolnshire – from the Humber to the Wash. The Trust is Lincolnshire’s leading nature conservation charity with over 26,000 members and around 100 nature reserves. The Trust is a member of a nationwide network of 47 local trusts which work to protect wildlife - The Wildlife Trusts. There are 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the whole of the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney. We are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. With nearly 800,000 members, we are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK’s habitats and species. 

 

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