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Green Guardians Winners 2010

Green Guardians Winners 2010

Dedicated environmentalists were recognised for their efforts at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s 2010 Green Guardians awards on Wednesday 10th November .

It is the tenth time the Wildlife Trust has organised the awards, which celebrate outstanding environmental contributions by businesses, charities and individuals across the county.

Professor David Bellamy
, who helped judge the awards and attended the prize-giving gala ceremony on November 10, praised the quality and impact of the winning entries.

Applications were invited for seven categories. This year saw the introduction of two new awards: Protecting the Environment through Innovation and First Steps To Sustainability.
The winners in each category, except Business, will receive a cheque for £1,000 to help extended their projects.

A judging panel whittled down the applicants into a shortlist for each category, with Prof Bellamy having the final say on the overall winners. In a change to the format of the evening, all the nominees were invited to the gala event, at Nottingham Conference Centre, to find out if they had won.

Erin McDaid, Marketing and Communications manager for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, said it proved to be a huge success.

“Once again, the nominations included a wide range of inspiring projects and efforts, showing just how much excellent environmental work is going on around the county,” he said. “We are delighted for all the winners, and are delighted to celebrate their hard work, which has made such an outstanding contribution to the environment. We are also delighted with the continued interest in Green Guardians, which we feel is now recognised as the premiere environmental awards programme in Nottinghamshire.”

The Individual (Environmentalist of the Year) award, sponsored by EDF Energy, was presented to mother and daughter team, Sue Leach and Shirley Hatcher.

The pair have led the Farndon Watch Group for children in Newark for many years. This year, they also spent more than 100 hours producing a range of cross-stitch pictures for an exhibition. Their work helped raise more than £1,000 for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

Prof Bellamy said: “Sue and Shirley are championing what the Wildlife Trusts have been doing for over 50 years. I have been with them for 48 of them. Wildlife Trusts forever!”

Carnavon Primary School – which scooped a Green Guardians award in 2009 – was successful for the second year running, winning the Siemens Education and Environment award. The school invested last year’s £1,000 prize money in a new allotment, along with water butts, compost bins, a potting shed and a polytunnel made from recycled plastic bottles. The school has since established a very successful gardening club, which helped grow a crop of lovely vegetables on the allotment.

“Down to earth in the most practical way, thanks to an outdoor and edible curriculum – yum yum!” Prof Bellamy said.

A pioneering solution to cut carbon emissions from heavy goods vehicles helped the Hardstaff Group win the Environmental Business of the Year award, sponsored by RWE Npower.

Hardstaff has worked closely with Loughborough University to create the Dual Fuel “Oil-Ignition-Gas-Injection’ system, which cuts emissions by 20% and is now being introduced into the HGV industry across the UK and Europe.

Prof Bellamy explained: “Fossil fuels are finite resources, so hooray for the Hardstaff Group for doing their best to make them last longer!”

The EDF Energy Environmental Community of the Year award went to the Partnership Council for a huge range of environmental projects.

It is the second year running that the charity, based in Hyson Green, has won this Green Guardians award, underlining its commitment to the local environment.

During the past 12 months, it has helped develop and support numerous projects, including Sprout, which encourages young people in the area to run environmental schemes, an Eco-House project to demonstrate tangible benefits of “going green” at home, and helped the Forest Fields Improvement Association plant 150 hanging baskets in the area.

Prof Bellamy said the Partnership Council ‘links local communities with their environment in a very visionary and friendly way’.
The inaugural First Steps to Sustainability award, sponsored by Novozymes Biopharma, went to the South Nottingham e-Learning Centre.

The centre has set up a wildlife-friendly outdoor area, including bird feeding areas, a pond and wildflowers, for school children across the city. The site is monitored by webcams, which are accessible to all schools in Nottingham, allowing students to monitor the site during evenings and weekends too.

Prof Bellamy quipped: “The Centre is now bursting with biodiversity with its new wildlife-friendly areas – I bet that more than birds are tweeting with delight!”

Nottingham business Outerarc was recognised in the Protecting the Environment Through Innovation category, sponsored by the University of Nottingham.

The company was praised for its KyotoTV project, which allows businesses to monitor energy use in their buildings. Much like a speedometer, KyotoTV displays energy use ‘at a glance’, raising awareness amongst all employees about energy use.

Prof Bellamy praised the system, saying: “Anything the wakes the world up to the fact that fossil fuels are finite resources is a worthy project.”

The Living for Tomorrow award, supported by Nottinghamshire County Council, went to the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The NHS Trust has made many of its services more sustainable and environmentally-friendly. Work has included sourcing food for patient meals from local producers, changing its waste management systems and encouraging staff to step forward as Trust Environment Champions.

Prof Bellamy said the NHS Trust ‘has a vision to be the best when it comes to the four Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle and resource management ’. He added: “Wow! You are getting there!”

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