On Tuesday 16th July the 2019 Community Biodiversity Awards were celebrated by more that 65 people. The evening featured a buffet, live music and a wonderful opportunity for networking and meeting other like-minded people. A total of 12 awards were given out on the evening to a wide variety of individuals and groups for their valuable efforts to improve the Biodiversity of Norfolk.
Young People's Achievement: This award is for individuals under 18* or those that enable young people to make a personal contribution to nature and biodiversity. Young people hold the key to the future for our wildlife so their understanding and appreciation of nature is vital. We were looking for those who are inspirational or who have inspired others to achieve these qualities. Sponsored by Kelling Heath Holiday Park.
For his work to use outdoor learning to impact young people interpretation and understanding of nature, Joseph Zilch was presented with the Highly Commended award.
The winner of the Young Peoples award for his work to remove plastic and other rubbish from the broads network was William Darling.
Saving Species: This award recognises individual or group efforts to improve the lot of wildlife species or species groups. With so many plants and animals (even once common ones) in rapid decline, action is needed at every level to avoid further decline and possible extinction. We were looking for activities that directly benefited species populations or a specific habitat they rely on. Sponsored by BIRDscapes Gallery.
For her inspiring campaign to save swallow nesting sites from netting, Kate Blincoe won the saving species category.
Churchyards and Cemeteries: This award recognises action to care for churchyards and cemeteries so that they provide opportunities for nature to thrive as well as being a welcoming and tranquil oasis for people. In many churchyards, grassland is an important habitat, walls and stones are our rock faces. We were looking for activities that have created living churchyards, important stepping stones for biodiversity as well as places for reflection and remembrance. Sponsored by R & J Hogg Ltd.
For managing the old and new churchyards with wildlife and people in mind, the Volunteers of Scole Nature Trails Trust received the Highly Commended award.
For their longstanding commitment to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Churchyard Conservation Scheme Roger and Jenny Jones won the Churchyards and Cemeteries category.
Nature for Health and Wellbeing: This award recognises the benefits for individuals in terms of improved health and wellbeing as a direct result of activities that bring people and nature together. We know contact with nature is good for both mental and physical health but we were looking for activities that go further to also benefit biodiversity in the community or our knowledge of it. Sponsored by Pensthorpe Natural Park.
For her compassion and commitment to creating a sensory garden, Lilly Bea Beaman won the Nature for Health & Wellbeing Category.