Schools urged to take part in Green Guardian awards

PNottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is urging people to put their school forward in its annual Green Guardians Awards – with those nominated in with a chance of scooping one of two £1,000 prizes.

Over the years the Wildlife Trust Green Guardian Awards have celebrated and recognised the effort which local individuals, schools, community groups and businesses go to in helping the environment.

Schools have two chances to win in the form of the Education and Environment category, and also the First Steps to Sustainability category, supported by Novozymes Biopharma.

Since the Awards were first presented, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has been able to invest approximately £60,000 in prize money to help boost local green initiatives.

In 2011, winners included Bagthorpe Primary School, who picked up the Education and Environment Award for involving pupils in a wide range of environmental projects and outdoor learning. The school 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. I wish I could go back to school – Bagthorpe of course!”

The school has continued to make improvements to the school environment thanks to the £1,000 it received in prize money. Back in May representatives of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust visited the school to see just how the prize money had been invested. The money has been used to pay for further landscaping and ground works to improve the School’s heritage garden which is used as an outdoor learning space.

Erin McDaid, of the Wildlife Trust, said: “Each year the Green Guardians Awards recognise and reward local people’s efforts to help protect the environment. We have already tried hard to promote awareness of the award in schools and so they’ve had a chance to consider making an application before the summer holidays, but now they are back we wanted to remind everyone that there is prize money on offer for the county’s greenest schools.”

The Green Guardians Awards scheme has a well-established reputation and is designed to recognise, reward and encourage positive environmental action in all sectors of the community. The Awards are backed by a range of well known figures from the world of broadcasting and the environment including Bill Oddie, John Craven and Mike Dilger. The final winners are selected by Prof David Bellamy.

Applications are also now being accepted online, which is new for 2012!

The closing date for applications is Monday 1st October. To nominate or be entered for an award, visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org or call 0115 958 8242. All shortlisted projects will be invited to our Gala Awards Evening at Nottingham’s Albert Hall during week commencing November 19th.