Community groups, businesses and farmers schools from Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire have entered the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2012. 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 Wednesday 4 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 afternoon (from 1.15pm) and dinner.
Tickets for the presentation dinner (evening) are available at £25.00 from Lindum Rotary Club. Please contact Roger Pavey on 01673 885516 if you would like to attend.
The finalists are:
Best Business Award supported by Anglian Water
- The Gelder Group - have developed 13 acres of ex-agricultural land to provide a beautiful natural amenity including a one-acre lake, 8 acres of woodland and nearly two miles of footpaths.
- Walkers Snack Foods – focusing on sustainability at the Lincoln factory by using renewable electricity generated from waste vegetable oils, reducing waste across all waste streams and working with local schools.
- Renewable Energy section of the Lincolnshire Echo – launched in February this year, the weekly double page spread highlights and promotes green activities being undertaken in the county.
Best Community Award supported by Centrica Energy
- Sustainable Caistor – a village-based community group aiming for a greener, more sustainable future for Caistor with interests in renewable energy, local food, greener transport as well as local wildlife.
- The Lincolnshire Firewood Fair – promotes the effective use of local firewood from sustainably managed woodland as an energy source.
- Real Nappy Champions – is a campaign to promote the use of modern reusable nappies and reduce the use of disposables. Volunteers offer their time and expertise by attending events, baby groups, and being on the end of the phone to give advice.
Best Farm / Rural Enterprise Award supported by Cemex
- Dave Stanley, Holly Farm, Bourne - a small holding that aims to “practice what you preach” on sustainability, 30 acres of grassland demonstrate what may be achieved by implementing “environmentally friendly” practices.
- Morris Brothers, Sand Hill Grange, Epworth - varied habitats for wildlife have been created while still running a profitable enterprise including planting of about 1,500 metres of mixed hedging, 16 acres of new native woodland and a 7 acre heathland.
- J.L. Dodsworth & Co, Burgh le Marsh - 180 acres of wet grassland has been designed to provide habitat for breeding waders and waterfowl, in addition to plots of wild bird mixes and plots of nectar and pollen mix.
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