Bourne environmentalists recognised

Bourne Abbey Primary School headteacher Cherry Edwards (left) and teacher Angela Goold with youngsters in their bird-friendly outdoor space.
Bourne Abbey Primary School headteacher Cherry Edwards (left) and teacher Angela Goold with youngsters in their bird-friendly outdoor space.

Two charities and a primary school in Bourne have had some success in the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards.

Len Pick Trust and Bourne United Charities were runners-up in the Best Community Award.

Judges said: “Len Pick Trust and Bourne United Charities are two unrelated endowed charities that have undertaken environmental enhancements on their respective land holdings in Bourne.”

The work includes 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.

In the Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist category, Bourne Abbey Primary School was a runner up.

Judges said: “After discovering there was a lack of variety and number of birds in the school grounds, the Nature Club has researched and implemented ways to improve the situation.

“Providing food and boxes for the birds and developing an environmental area has proved successful, with 20 species of bird seen on the club’s survey this year.”

• Best farm/rural enterprise award went to J E Piccaver & Co, which has created wildlife habitats and reduced the amount of water used on the farm.