The Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park have won the Lincolnshire Environmental Award 2021 sponsored by FCC Environment, Lincolnshire Co-op, Maher Millard Construction Ltd and Streets Chartered Accountants. The winning community group was announced at an event held at The Natural World Centre, Whisby Nature Park, on Saturday 25 September 2021, which bought together three inspiring community group finalists.
Lincolnshire Environmental Award 2021 winner
The Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park, Grantham
Queen Elizabeth Park is a 1km strip of the River Witham floodplain which runs through Grantham. Until recently, the grassy areas of this popular park were regularly mown and provided very little habitat or food for wildlife. But a group of local residents took action. They formed the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park Group and persuaded the park's owners, South Kesteven District Council, to change the management regime to benefit wildlife and people.
Thanks to the Friends Group volunteers, 1.5 hectares is now cut for hay annually and other, smaller areas are under community volunteer management. As part of this restorative work, the volunteers have been using hand tools including scythes. This is demanding work and can’t be sustained over a significant area.
The funding from the Lincolnshire Environmental Award will go towards brush-cutters, PPE, accessories and training necessary. This will enable the volunteers to manage more areas for wildflowers and the associated pollinators and other wildlife.