A few days left to enter Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards in Bailiwick of Guernsey

April 20th, 2011 by Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards

Environmentalists and eco-friendly gardeners have just a few more days to enter this year’s Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards.

The event, which has a £2000 prize, is open to any private individual, club, company or organisation and to any educational institution, has been running for 21 years. Islanders have until Tuesday 26 April to get their entries in.

‘The Bailiwick has so many beautiful natural spaces and we need to do all we can to protect them’. says Peter Walpole, the chairman of judges.

Peter Walpole surveying the land management of Petit Bot valley in October 2010 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

‘These are fascinating islands with fragile eco-systems and we are delighted to play our part in helping to look after these valuable spaces for the future enjoyment of generations to come.’

In 2010 the top prize was won by the Alderney Wildlife Trust whose Community Woodland Project aims to plant 17,000 trees to recover the old island forests that have been decimated over the years. They walked away with the prestigious trophy and a cheque for £2000 to help fund their endeavours.

St Martin’s School gardening and conservation project won the schools section and took away £2000 over 3 years.

In addition to the chance of winning the main schools section annual prize of £2000, each school that enters this year’s competition will receive a bird box and a fruit tree courtesy of Earlswood Nursery Garden Centre.

The entries will be visited on Wednesday 4 May and judged by a panel of experts featuring members of the National Trust of Guernsey, La Société Guernesiaise and other local experts.

Peter Walpole says that the awards are the perfect marriage between the public and private sectors:  “We are very grateful to the Environment Department, Earlswood, La Société Guernesiaise and the National Trust of Guernsey for their help in their continuing success. Judging day can be extremely challenging work but always a great day out and we look forward to a bumper crop of entrants again this year”.

The entry form can be downloaded to your computer as a PDF file.  The Entry Form will also be available from Earlswood and the Guille-Allez Library.

For more information on how to enter the Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards please call Jim Delbridge or Mel Rees at LR&D on 246668.

(click on entry form image to download entry form to your computer)

Previous Winners of the main competition were:

1990 – Peter and Janet Castle, Les Paas, Rue du Pre, St Peter – A nature conservation area.

1991 – Mr and Mrs Lihou – Enhancement of an old quarry.

1992 – Forest Primary School.

1993 – Mr and Mrs Watts – Meadow Court Farm.

1994 – Adrian Heyworth – Herm Island.

1995 – Jamie Hooper – La Hures.

1996 – Bruce Russell – Gold and Silversmiths.

1997 – Andrew Guille – A mature area at St Saviours.

1998 – Hazel Hill – Conservation of a former greenhouse site into a nature reserve.

1999 – Biotech International – Bubble Ion Exchange system to re-circulate waste water.

2000 – The Watts Family – The enhancement of the National Trust Water Meadow at Talbot Valley & The Heyworth Family for conservation work on Herm (tree planting).

2001 – Vic Froome – Nesting scheme for owls.

2002 – The Veron Family – Bird nature reserve.

2003 – The Naftels – Organic Farming.

2004 – Mr A de Garis – Enhancement, improvement and maintenance of orchid wet meadows, corn marigold field, grass meadows, a woodland and hay fields.

2005 – The Adams Family – encouraging biodiversity, conservation project at Rocque A L’Or Haut, Pleinmont & The Guernsey Conservation Volunteers – conservation of wet meadows at Rue Rocheuse, St Pierre du Bois.

2006 – Paul & Margaret Chilcott – Creation of a woodland and wildlife area at Les Pres de Jerbourg.

2007 – Joy Goldsmith and Mick Smith – restoration of traditional wet meadow and various projects (nest boxes, habitat management etc) in garden and surrounds to encourage wildlife.

2008 – Andrew de Garis – a wet meadow at Les Domaines in St Peters and a woodland / grassland area at Les Fauxquets.

2009 – Vic Froome – Nesting scheme for owls.

2010 – Alderney Wildlife Trust – Community Woodland Project

Previous Winners of the schools competition were:

1995 – St Sampson’s Infants School & St Peter port Secondary School.

1996 – St Peter Port Secondary School.

1997 – St Peter Port Secondary School.

1998 – La Houguette Primary School.

1999 – Acorn House School.

2000 – St Andrews Primary School.

2001 – Hautes Capelles Junior & Infants Schools – Developing a conservation area along the sides of the playing fields.

2002 – Vale Infant School – A conservation area.

2003 – St Sampson’s Infants School – Pont area enhancements.

2004 – Melrose School – Creation of a conservation area and a herb garden.

2005 – St Andrews School – ongoing maintenance and development of environmental / conservation area including the recent creation of a sensory garden and mini-beast area.

2006 – Vale Infants School – Conservation and Education projects on school field.

2007 – Vauvert School – alterations to current garden format to include ‘natural’ habitats to assist pupils’ study of conservation and the environment.

2008 – St Mary & St Michael Catholic Primary School’s gardening and conservation project.

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