Wash heroes get top award

KLJAG chairman Roger Ward is pictured (third left) with the award. Also pictured are (from left) Steve Scott, regional director of the forestry commission, John Richardson, KLJAG secretary Janet Blundell, Judith Stout, Sutton Bridge Parish Council chairman John Grimwood, EMS project manager Sharron Bosley and Dinah Smith.
KLJAG chairman Roger Ward is pictured (third left) with the award. Also pictured are (from left) Steve Scott, regional director of the forestry commission, John Richardson, KLJAG secretary Janet Blundell, Judith Stout, Sutton Bridge Parish Council chairman John Grimwood, EMS project manager Sharron Bosley and Dinah Smith.
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A respected environmental watchdog, whose work has included monitoring energy companies as they bring wind farm cables ashore through the intertidal area at Sutton Bridge, was this week recognised with an award.

Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership presented an “inspiring others” Community Biodiversity Award to the King’s Lynn Joint Advisory Group (KLJAG) to the Wash and North Norfolk European Marine Site Special Area of Conservation to honour its outstanding work for wildlife and people.

KLJAG covers an area from Lutton Marshes to Hunstanton and is made up of volunteers who have kept a watching brief on issues like planning proposals for power stations at Sutton Bridge as well as taking an active role as first Centrica and then DONG (Danish Oil and Natural Gas) develop wind farms in The Wash and bring ashore cables through the marshland at Sutton Bridge.

KLJAG secretary Janet Blundell, who lives in Sutton Bridge, said the group had used its wealth of local knowledge and expertise in important areas, such as the geology of The Wash and its bird populations, and worked alongside partners such as Eastern IFCA (Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authorities), Natural England and port authorities while engaging with Centrica and Dong.

The group monitored and recorded the activities of Centrica and Dong in their work to bring ashore the cables under the sea bed, through the intertidal areas, the saltmarsh and the sea defence wall – and the effects of those activities on local wildlife and local communities.

The award was presented to KLJAG chairman Roger Ward at a ceremony in Norwich on Tuesday.

The certificate was presented to recognise “their dedicated commitment to the conservation of The Wash and North Nofolk coast habitats and biodiversity, drawing in the local community”.