The Lincolnshire Environmental Awards and Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the inspiring activities that are helping to improve the environment and encourage sustainability. The Awards are open to anyone who is making a positive contribution to the environment and sustainable development in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire. The deadline for entries is 30 April 2009.
Chairman of the Award scheme and Lindum Rotary Club member, Roger Pavey said: "The awards are a great way to share good ideas, get recognition for hard work and celebrate environmental action. A very diverse range of people enter the awards, previous winners include Grantham Angling Association and The EPIC Centre. Last year the overall winner was Doddington Hall and Gardens."
Claire Birch, owner of Doddington Hall commented: "We were extremely proud to be the overall winner at last year's Lincolnshire Environmental Awards, as being eco-responsible is something close to our heart here at Doddington. But for us the recognition was a chance to show others what can be done, and how being environmentally-friendly is a sensible business choice. Our customers have loved the Award as well, and take great interest in what we consider to be a shared success."
It is easy to enter the awards. Entries can be for projects that have just started or ones that have been running for some time. They can be in town or country, wide ranging or focused on a single issue. All you need to do is write 200 - 300 words describing your project and how it contributes to the environment. Completed entries together with a covering letter including a contact name and telephone number should be forwarded no later than 30 April 2009 to:
Lincolnshire Environmental Awards
c/o Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Manor House Street
The written entries are assessed by a panel of judges which includes experts from around the county, shortlisted entrants are visited by a judge during May for a short discussion and tour as appropriate. The finalists will be invited to present their entries on Thursday 11 June 2009 to the final judging panel led by Professor David Bellamy who, after many years, continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of the young environmentalist awards as well as the adult groups.
For inspiration and encouragement to enter this year, see the details of previous winners on the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards website Further details, including conditions of entry, can also be found on the website and in the leaflet available from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.