Groups miss out on top nature awards

Three organisations in Bourne have narrowly missed out on winning environmental awards for their work improving natural habitats.

The Len Pick Trust and Bourne United Charities put in a joint entry to the Best

Community Award of the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards and Bourne Abbey Primary Academy’s nature club were entered in the Young Environmentalist Award.

Both entries were named in a final shortlist but feel just short of the top prize, being named runners up at the final judging on July 3.

The finalists in the Lincolnshire Environmental Award made presentations to the panel of judges, including renowned environmentalist Professor David Bellamy, at the Bentley Hotel in Lincoln.

Bourne United Charities and The Len Pick Trust entered the competition having carried out environmental enhancements on their land in Bourne. These include restoring hedgerows and a pond, planting trees and constructing an owl tower, restoring and improving parts of the bank of the Bourne Eau and eradicating the invasive plant Japanese knotweed.

Chairman of Bourne United Charities Estates Committee Trevor Hollinshead, said: “Whilst our joint submission did not win, we were judged as runners up and we were pleased that our two organisation’s efforts were highly commended.

“The competition was very strong and it was good that our respective programmes were recognised as innovative. The awards are for environmental excellence and designed to recognise and celebrate the activities that are helping to improve the environment and encourage sustainability.”

Nettleham Woodland Trust, which planted tens of thousands of trees in new woodlands near Nettleham, took first prize.

Bourne Abbey Primary Academy’s nature club was entered into the youth section of the awards after pupils researched and implemented ways of increasing the number and types of birds in the school grounds.

A group of children called The Eco-Friendlies, from Caistor, won for their work increasing recycling efforts.