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Green Guardians Winners 2011

Green Guardians Winners 2011

Each year, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust hosts our prestigious Green Guardians Awards - rewarding Nottinghamshire’s environmental champions.
With seven different awards up for grabs, individuals, schools and community groups are all eligible for £1000 prize money if they win, and businesses entering the Awards could win a prestigious title and a tailor-made package of support.

Since the Green Guardians Awards were first launched (in 2000) Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has invested over £60,000 in prize money for environmental projects across Nottinghamshire. The Awards are backed by a range of well known figures from the world of broadcasting and the environment including Bill Oddie and John Craven, and Prof. David Bellamy. In 2011 we had a record number of applications and nominations for the Awards, which were whittled down by our judging panel, with the winners selected by Prof. David Bellamy.

On Tuesday 29th November we held our special Gala Awards Evening, where the shortlisted nominees were invited to Nottingham’s Albert Hall to find out the lucky winners! Over 100 people gathered for the event, hosted by BBC The One Show’s wildlife presenter Mike Dilger.

Click to view the 2011 shortlisted entries booklet
Click to view photos from the Awards Evening

And the winners are…

The Environmentalist of the Year Award, sponsored by EDF Energy, was presented to Ernest Spencer for his dedication to improving wildlife habitats at Cotgrave Country Park and helping young people learn more about wildlife and the environment.
Speaking about Ernest, Prof Bellamy said:“Ernest is a real friend of Cotgrave Park, always ready to help children to understand the importance of biodiversity.”

Bagthorpe Primary School picked up the Siemens Education and Environment Award for involving pupils in a wide range of environmental projects and outdoor learning. The school has also tried to improve the diversity of habitat in their grounds by planting hundreds of woodland bulbs and erecting bat boxes.
Speaking about the school, David Bellamy said: “What a fantastic programme of visionary education, no wonder its called GLOW, and it does. I wish I could go back to school – Bagthorpe of course. Though perhaps with my first years at Berridge for starters.”

Hanson Aggregates won the Environmental Business of the Year Award, sponsored by EMEC Ecology, for its commitment to restoring their South Newington quarry. The company have taken a proactive approach to nature conservation, funding comprehensive bird surveys and investigating ways of establishing wet grasslands.
Speaking about their efforts, Prof Bellamy said: “Almost 40 years ago I was asked to give a lecture to Hanson Aggregates. I did and it was titled “A hole among friends”. It is great to see them still working wonders alongside the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, putting the countryside and biodiversity back into order”.

The EDF Energy Environmental Community of the Year Award went to the Idle Valley Ecominds project which works to improve mental well-being, confidence and self esteem of mental health users via practical habitat management and horticulture at Idle Valley Nature Reserve.
Speaking about the project David Bellamy said: “Idle Valley Ecominds stands out because of their tireless work and visionary activities that increase the self-esteem of people in need of support, whilst caring for the environment of Nottinghamshire”.

The First Steps to Sustainability Award, introduced in 2010 and supported by Novozymes Biopharma, went to the The Primary School of St Mary and St Martin, Blyth, which was nominated for their plans to create a nature garden in their grounds. In preparation pupils already have weekly sessions with a gardener and have studied soil samples, planted trees and taken part in a sponsored walk to raise funds.
Prof Bellamy quipped: “One mum pushed a button and a school garden came to life. Where did all the wild things come from? Wonders upon wonders sprang up and we all got very dirty too!”

The Protecting the Environment Through Innovation Award, supported by the University of Nottingham was awarded to the Respect Natural Woodland Green Burial Park at Scrooby in north Nottinghamshire. The site had been shortlisted for helping to protecting green belt land against damaging development and enhancing the local flora and fauna by providing a more environmentally friendly burial option. David Bellamy said “Green woodland burials make a lot of sense - think about it.”

The Coping with Climate Change Award, supported by Nottingham City Council, was won by The Partnership Council – previous winners in a number of Green Guardians categories. This year the judges were impressed by the wide range of environmental initiatives they support including an Eco-House project, food growing events and the Green Power Team, a project which supports unemployed Nottingham residents improve green spaces across the city and get back into work. Speaking about their efforts Professor Bellamy commented:
The Partnership Council have green fingers (and green everything else), and know what to do with them.”

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