Green Guardians 2012
This year’s winners were announced at our special Gala Awards Ceremony, in the company of Wildlife Trusts’ Vice President Bill Oddie!
Environmentalists dedicated to improving the local and global environment were congratulated by TV naturalist and birdwatcher Bill Oddie at our Annual Green Guardians Awards last week.
The Awards, the only dedicated environmental awards programme in the county, showcase outstanding contributions by individuals, schools, businesses and community groups across the county to improving the environment.
Winners were selected by Professor David Bellamy from shortlists drawn up by a panel of local judges.
The Gala Awards Ceremony was hosted by BBC Radio Nottingham’s John Holmes, one of our Vice Presidents, and our special guest was Bill Oddie, Vice President of The Wildlife Trusts.
Speaking about the Awards, Bill Oddie highlighted the fact that the Awards are recognised around the country as a great example of how to celebrate local green projects and congratulated everyone who had applied or been nominated.
A record year
Applications were invited for seven categories, and 2012 saw a record number of entries (68) with winners in all but the business category receiving a cheque for £1,000 to help extend their green projects.
The judging panel whittled down the applicants into a shortlist for each category before submitting their selections to Professor Bellamy to make the final selections. All shortlisted nominees were invited to the gala event held at The Albert Hall Conference Centre Nottingham to find out if they had won.
Year on year, the quality of the nominations and projects considered for Green Guardians Awards increases and to receive a record number of applications and nominations at a time of austerity just goes to prove that people really do see safeguarding our shared environment as being important. As always, we were delighted to be able to celebrate the hard work of all the applicants and nominees and having the support of Wildlife Trust’s Vice president Bill Oddie made the evening extra special. Many of the shortlisted candidates got to meet him and had their photographs taken with him and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
Since the Awards were first presented, we have been able to invest approximately £60,000 in prize money to help boost local green initiatives. As we approach our 50th anniversary next year, the Green Guardians Awards give us the confidence that people really do care.
People and projects from across the county were successful: Click here for our Winners Summary List or see below for more details about each of the winning entries…
Meet our 2012 Green Guardians
The Environmentalist of the Year Award, sponsored by Walter Harrisons, was presented to Tony Menzies for his work to create a brand new nature area - the Cottage Lane Jubilee Nature Reserve, in his home village of Farndon, Newark. Tony first won this award back in 2007. Speaking about Tony, Prof Bellamy said: “Tony found a patch of land waiting to be turned into a suburb nature reserve for all to enjoy and cherish. He did it in time to celebrate the Royal Jubilee. Wow!”
Claylands Avenue Gardeners Society picked up the Siemens Metering Communications & Services - Education and Environment Award for their efforts to educate the local community about growing fruit and vegetables and for their commitment to encouraging wildlife. Speaking about the Society, David Bellamy said: “They work wonders bringing more and more people of many ages to enjoy gardening in a big back yard.”
Food distributors 3663 won the Environmental Business of the Year Award, sponsored by EMEC Ecology, for their commitment to making environmental improvements at their depot and supporting the creation of wildlife and food growing areas at two local schools. Speaking about their efforts, Prof Bellamy said: “A firm that realises that all its aspects benefit from being part of a close community.”
The EDF Energy Environmental Community of the Year Award went to the The Partnership Council. The Council has a ‘Green Power Team’ of unemployed volunteers who take part in a wide range of environmental tasks in the local community and has facilitated qualifications for them in the environmental field. Speaking the group David Bellamy said: “The Partnership Council has been working wonders for many years building new ways to solve problems in communities of all shapes and sizes.”
The First Steps to Sustainability Award, supported by Novozymes Biopharma, went to the Tuxford Academy, where students have designed and created four herb gardens next to the food rooms with the aim of raising awareness of food and its sources and the environmental ‘footprint’ in terms of food miles. Prof Bellamy said: “The school is very proud of its eco club and so they should be; it’s fantastic.”
The Protecting the Environment Through Innovation category, supported by the Chinook Energy was presented to Edwalton Primary School for their new Eco Hub which supports schools wanting to develop their sustainability work. They host visits from other schools, run training events, support trainee teachers in learning about environmental education. When judging Edwalton Primary, David Bellamy remarked ““Their school has a 3 acre farm woodland - what more can you need, to learn how to put the world back into working order.”
The Coping with Climate Change Award, supported by Nottingham City Council, was won by Bagthorpe Gardeners – a charity which has been working on reducing their reliance on metered water to sustain the work on their 60 plots, and encouraging and facilitating the use of rainwater. Speaking about their efforts Professor Bellamy commented: “They know that without water there would be no food left for life on Earth. So it’s on with the wellies and down to work solving the many problems in many practical ways.”