2007 - Weirfield Wildlife Hospital

Badger cubsBadger cubs - Neil Stait

Overall winner of the Lincolnshire Environmental Award 2008 and the Community Award: Weirfield Wildlife Hospital

Weirfield Wildlife Hospital was set up in 1989 by Dave and Ally Townsend. In the first year they treated 111 animals, in 2006 they treated over 2,000 animals. Their ethos is that wildlife should stay wild. Where possible animals are be released back into the wild and the amount of human contact is limited. Dave and Ally, who both work full time, have worked with local pet food suppliers to develop appropriate food for wildlife and developed a release pen. They are now developing facilities for schools, colleges and trainee vets with a new Education Unit.

The success of the hospital wouldn’t be possible without the team of volunteers. There are currently about 60 regular and committed volunteers as well as trainee and newly qualified vets from around the world who stay at Weirfield to experience wildlife rehabilitation.

Dave and Ally Townsend were shocked to have received the award, Ally commented: “We are very pleased that we, and all our volunteers, have been appreciated and acknowledged in this way.”

Agriculture Winner: Manor House Farm, Thorpe St Peter, Skegness
Highly Commended: Poplar Farm and Sunnyside Up, Market Rasen

Business Winner: Simons Group
Highly Commended: Lindum Group

Community Winner: Weirfield Wildlife Hospital
Highly Commended: Mareham on the Hill Churchyard Conservation Project

Individual Winner: Lee Conlon, Lincoln Swan Preservation Society
Highly Commended: June Barton, The Magic of the Saltmarshes

Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award: Isaac Newton Primary School

The whole school joins in with environmental projects including paper recycling, plastic recycling, composting, rainwater harvesting, growing vegetables and looking after the school wildlife area. The children were very excited and pleased to have won the award. Their comments included: “We’re really happy with what we’ve done but this has made us more confident in what we’re doing and we will do more.” “We’re really good at recycling!”

Harlaxton CE Primary School
Lisle Marsden CE Aided Primary School

Highly Commended:
Casitor Primary School
Kirkby on Bain CE Primary School
New Holland Church of England / Methodist Primary School