Clearing a pond by Sue Lee
Conservation groups in Berkshire have the chance to win a £1000 cash prize.
Apply for the Dorothy Morley Conservation Awards 2016
The awards scheme is open to groups in Berkshire that involve their local community in managing a treasured green space, or plan to do so during the year. Groups have the chance to win £1,000 grant to go towards the winning project, and one runner up group will receive a grant of £500.
We welcome projects of any size from residents' groups, village societies and conservation groups, as long as the site in question has public access. Enter before the 31st May!
- The site on which the project is located must be within the county of Berkshire.
- Projects should be carried out by the local community and include public access.
- There is no minimum or maximum size to the project.
- 2014 prize winners may not apply.
- All entries received will be judged on the work carried out to date and on future ambitions for the group/project.
- The contact details of two group members are supplied.
- A representative from the winning group must be available to attend the award ceremony during Summer 2016 and should assist in hosting the ceremony in a location near to the project site.
- For non-BBOWT groups only.
- Prize money can only be paid into a group/organisation's bank account; prize money cannot be paid to an individual.
The Mumbery Nature Reserve Volunteers in Wargrave won the top award in the Dorothy Morley Conservation Awards, for their project creating a fascinating and wildlife-rich nature reserve, which local schoolchildren explore on nature trails and bug hunts.
Dan Akam, Community Wildlife Officer for Berkshire, praised the group’s achievements. “The judges were impressed with the ways they created special features so that schoolchildren and local residents can get close to their local wildlife. It is still a work in progress but already children are having nature lessons in the outdoor classroom, there’s wildlife in the pond, and the new hedgerows are bearing fruit this autumn.”
The runner-up group was Five A Day Market Garden in Englefield, which received an award of £500.
Make Space for Life based in Maidenhead won first prize of £1,000. The group meets every month to carry out vital conservation work including the revival of a traditional pond and restoration of local woodland at North Town Moor and along the Greenway.
Awards judge and Berkshire Community Wildlife Officer Rhiannon Harrington commented: “Make Space for Life is a new and dedicated band of volunteers who aim to inspire local people to improve their natural environment. They’ve made fantastic progress over the last 18 months! What was once an uninviting and somewhat intimidating thoroughfare is now a glorious haven for wildlife, as well as a safe place for local people to spend time in the outdoors.”
The runners-up group and winners of £500 award is Friends of Wargrave Chalk Pit in Wargrave. The group of local residents led a campaign to rescue the site from threat of development and is now encouraging more people to explore this tranquil place. Awards judge Rhiannon Harrington said: “They recently held a BioBlitz to learn more about the bugs and butterflies, newts and bats in this geological gem.”
The 2010 award was granted to the West Berkshire Countryside Society (formerly Pang Valley Conservation Volunteers), who used their £1000 winnings to purchase metal rakes and scythes for work on their local water meadows.
'The Streatley water meadow has been such a challenging task. Having access to the correct tools for the job has made such a difference. We are really proud of our results.' Frank Hayward, Chairman, Pang Valley Conservation Volunteers.
Runners-up were Friends of the Emm Brook in Wokingham who received £500 towards their conservation projects.