Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2017

Every year the club together with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Organises the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards

On the 25th Anniversary of the Awards, Red Hen Day Nursery was presented with the Rural & Farming Award and the Overall Lincolnshire Environmental Award in a ceremony last night (Thursday 25 May 2017). The Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award was presented to Leys Farm Junior School, Scunthorpe.

2017 Overall Winner and Branston Ltd Rural & Farming Award Winner: Red Hen Day Nursery

Red Hen Children’s Day Nursery is situated on David and Jane Harrison's farm in Legbourne and offers children aged from 0 -5 (and primary school aged children in the holidays), parents and staff the chance to experience nature, food and farming first-hand. The setting has developed its outdoor areas to include two ponds, wetland, woodland and also access to the surrounding fields. Over 1000 trees plus hedging has been planted and children are involved in these experiences. They access the outdoor areas daily so learn about nature, life cycles and begin to develop an understanding of the complexity of biodiversity.

Jane Harrison said “It is an absolute privilege to have children on the farm in their most formative years. Winning the Award is awesome! It puts early years on the map; this is where inspiration for the future lies.”

2017 Branston Ltd Rural & Farming Award Runners up:

Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, Dunston Beck Project
A pilot project on a section of the beck downstream of Dunston village has involved the local community in habitat improvements and monitoring wildlife. Ecological surveys before and after the restoration works showed that they have increased the invertebrate diversity and doubled the trout population on the relevant section of the Beck.

Kirkstead Old Mill Cottage B & B
Tucked away in a secluded spot down beside the river Witham on the outskirts of Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Old Mill Cottage B & B includes a four acre wild garden (a disused railway embankment). bed and breakfast using locally sourced ingredients, solar panels have been installed and a 16-camera wildlife webcam is live-streamed guests’ bedrooms and lounges.

2017 FCC Environment Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award Winner:
Leys Farm Junior School

Leys Farm School pride themselves on their gardens and the role children play in growing and looking after them. The wide variety of fruit and vegetables grown are used in the school kitchen, for baking or tasting sessions, or taken home by the children. There are also eight themed garden including a Shakespeare garden used for outdoor storytelling, a Polli:Nation garden with wildflowers to attract pollinating insects and a Daisy garden inspired by a visit from the author Nick Sharrott. The children also take part in community litter picks in the area near the school.
On winning the award the children commented that their parents would be surprised and proud, and, that winning would encourage them to do more at school and at home.

2017 FCC Environment Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award Runners up:
Emily and Tomas Dickson

Sister and brother Emily and Tomas have been involved with learning about wildlife and taking action for the environment from a young age including with the Wildlife Watch and Junior Wardens groups as Whisby Nature Park, doing regular litter picks and helping with Hykeham in Bloom.

Marton Primary School
Following the 'Our Energy' and 'War on Waste' projects last academic year, the children in Y5/6 decided that they wanted to develop the grounds outside their classroom for growing all year round. The children helped to find funding to buy a polytunnel, shed, tools, seeds, fruit trees, herb plants, raised beds and even science equipment to experiment with different growing conditions and develop their scientific knowledge and skills. Volunteers from the community have helped them with resources as well as practical help to build the tunnel, shed and beds.

Highly commended:
Oakfield Primary School, Scunthorpe
Sibsey Free Primary School, Boston
3rd Sleaford Cub Scout Group
Lacey Gardens Junior School, Scunthorpe

2017 Centrica Community Award Winner: Green Synergy

Green Synergy is a Lincoln-based charity that believes in the value of gardening to improve our local environment and inspire other people to do this too. Our work is particularly focussed in the city's most deprived communities where there are little or no accessible green spaces. Since Green Synergy started five years ago, we have created six community gardens (including bee and butterfly friendly plants, wildlife habitats, native trees and hedges and wildflowers) on unloved, derelict pieces of land. This year, they have begun the creation of a brand-new flagship community garden hub on two and half acres of derelict land at the back of Lincoln County hospital.

2017 Centrica Community Award Runners up

Nettleham Woodland Trust
The focus has been on users, both human and fauna. With further developments of the All Abilities Area for less mobile visitors, a flat path approved and mapped by South Lincolnshire and Rutland Local Access Forum, and more seating has been provided. The South Glade is now enriched by ‘The Book of Oaks’, a carved stone donated by Lincoln Cathedral recognising the promise to provide 100 oak trees for its roof timbers in future centuries

Swineshead Enhancement Society
Over the years, Mackey’s Pit had become silted up and filled with dead vegetation to the extent that many fish died. Together with the parish council, Swineshead Enhancement Society have taken on management and fundraising. With the help of Black Sliuce Drainage Board mud has been pumped out of the pit, banks have been strengthened and wildlife is already beginning to return.

2017 Anglian Water Business Award Winner: Witham Oil and Paint Ltd

From harvesting rainwater from factory roofs to installing solar panels and installing low energy lighting the company are overall finding many ways to reduce their carbon footprint. They offer a unique high performance Prolan lubricant range made from lanolin from sheep’s wool which is food and water safe, friendly for environment and all made from a renewable source. They are also developing a unique new manufacturing process which uses sonic blending to make the various lubricant products. This enables then to use electricity from solar panels only to blend instead of previously large amounts of gas and fuels. The company are now striving in 2017 to become the first in the UK (possibly Europe and the world) to produce lubricants in a carbon neutral way.

2017 Anglian Water Business Award Runners up:

ELTEC, Market Rasen
The one-man business, ELTEC, concentrates on identifying and fixing compressed air leaks, heat loss from un-insulated surfaces or indeed heat gain from chilled environments, leaking steam traps and internally leaking steam valve within the manufacturing process. Reducing this wastage makes significant savings and reduces emissions.

Treetops Cottages & Spa, Grasby, Caistor
The conversion of old redundant buildings into three modern, self-catering cottages on the site has included replacing two oil fuel boilers heating an indoor swimming pool with a 17 kWh ground source heat pump which heats all the water in the swimming pool, hot water for the sinks and shower in the pool complex, and heating and hot water for the three converted cottages.

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