Guernsey’s Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards entry deadline is 28 May 2013

May 9th, 2013 by Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards

Please click image to download Guernsey Conservation Awards 2013 entry form as a PDF file to your computer

Please click image to download Guernsey Conservation Awards 2013 entry form as a PDF file to your computer

Guernsey schools and environmentally friendly islanders have until 28 May 2013 to get their entries in for this years’ Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards.

The event, which is in its 23rd year, is staged to fund projects designed to protect the island’s green spaces and natural habitats.

The winner of the main award could win a cheque for £2,000 to help fund their endeavours while the winning school will be awarded £1,000 over three years.

A tree-planting project in local schools won the award for 2012 and was organised by the Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees.

The Little Tree Project focused on tree planting and habitat creation to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“We are looking for people who wish to make a difference,” said Peter Walpole, chairman of Insurance Corporation and founder of the competition.

“We do not want them to necessarily approach us with fully completed projects but with well-thought out ideas which are at the planning or development stage requiring financial help.

“There are so many enthusiastic champions of the countryside in the islands. We enjoy viewing their plans and making the award to the projects which we feel would be worthy of our financial support.”

Clive and Geraldine Silk were Highly Recommended for their conservation garden, as was Fiona Pollock whose organic vegetable growing business impressed the judges. They both won £250.

In a closely contested competition in 2012, the top school was La Houguette Primary who last won in 1998.

The school won £1,000 over three years to further develop their conservation garden and build a raised walkway over the wet meadow to provide a viewing platform for the children.

Each school that entered the competition also receives a bird box and food courtesy of Earlswood Nursery Garden Centre.

In 2011 the top prize was won by Le Ch’min du Trésor, a woodland and meadow walk on land below St Peter’s Church.

The natural space at the heart of the parish was overgrown, choked and untended until it was rediscovered, regenerated and reopened in 2009.

Angela Salmon, Guernsey Conservation Volunteers coordinator, working on removing brambles at Marais Rise reed bed (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Angela Salmon, Guernsey Conservation Volunteers coordinator, working on removing brambles at Marais Rise reed bed, and one of the judges of the Insurance Corporation’s Conservation Awards (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The entrants will be judged by a panel of experts featuring members of La Société Guernesiaise and the Guernsey Conservation Volunteers.

Entry forms are available from the Insurance Corporation website.

 

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