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2014 Environmental Awards

Thursday 20th November

2014 Environmental Awards

This year the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust teamed up with Veolia and Nottinghamshire County Council to support the Nottingham Post’s Environmental Awards. By incorporating our Green Guardians Award into the Post’s programme, we were able to provide entrants and winners with  more recognition than ever before. The awards night was fantastic and winners inspired us all with their projects and ambitions.

Among the winners was John McDonald, who won the Environmentalist of the Year category, for turning more than 16 acres of countryside into a "paradise garden." His farm in Woodborough grows organic produce in a resilient manner and aims to inspire others to improve their local food security and quality. He said: "What's lovely about these awards is that everyone is in a position of trying to effect change, so bringing everyone together at an event like this makes for a great evening.” His site in Woodborough is open every Wednesday and Saturday to volunteers who want to help.

Rhubarb farm took home the ‘Environmental Innovation Award’, having won the same category in the Green Guardians Awards last year. . Their life changing work is something the Wildlife Trust is highly supportive of, particularly given our present drive for a Nature and Wellbeing Act. Rhubarb farm run a 2 acre former allotment where they grow fruit and vegetables to be sold to a regular customer base and local shops, pubs and restaurants. The volunteers at Rhubarb farm come from a range of backgrounds with many having long term needs to improve their lives, often suffering or recovering  from addiction or behavioural problems. Others are re-building their lives following release from prison.


Full list of Winners 2014:

Environmentalist of the Year

Winner: John McDonald

Runner-up: Dr Tina Holt


Environmental Community of the Year

Winner: Southwell Flood Forum

Runner-up: Netherfield Eco Action Team (NEAT)


Education and the Environment Award

Winner: Samworth Church Academy

Runner-up: Iona School


Coping with Climate Change Award

Winner: Greener Housing Scheme

Runner-up: Home Farm


The Environmental Innovation Award

Winner: Rhubarb Farm

Runner-up: Greening The Creative Quarter


First Steps to Sustainability Award

Winner: National Ice Arena, Capital FM Arena

Runner-up: Nottingham City Council Footprints/School Keep Clear Song

The Environmental Development Award


Winner: Grochowski Architects LLP

Runner-up: Waters Homes


Environmental Business Award

Winner: Bio Dynamic

Runner-up: The Orchard Hotel



Environmental Initiative of the Year Award

Winner: Greener Housing Scheme

Runner-up: Gedling Borough Council Country Park


The Environmental Land Management Award

Winner: Home Farm

Runner-up: Trinity Farm

Councillor Jim Creamer, chairman of the county council's environment and sustainability committee, said the awards had highlighted a host of unsung heroes: "Looking after our environment now for the benefit of future generations is what it's all about, and it is so important to acknowledge those people who are doing such sterling work."

The Trust would like to congratulate all winners and everyone who took part and made an effort to improve our environment and wish to thank all of our Green Guardian supporters who helped us to play a part in the 2014 Nottingham Post Environmental Awards.

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