TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: Green awards are open for all
In this month's column, Rachel Shaw of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, explains how you can get involved in this year's Lincolnshire Environmental Awards:
Our natural world is in critical condition: plastic litter, pesticides, animals threatened with extinction, a climate in crisis.
We need strong legislation to protect and heal the environment. We also need innovation and sound engineering to find solutions and more sustainable ways of working.
Lincolnshire-based company Minster Surfacing illustrated what can be achieved when they were awarded overall winners of the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards last year.
Up to 85% of roads across the country contain coal tar which is deemed hazardous and can cost up to £100 per tonne to be sent to landfill.
Minster Surfacing was one of the first companies in the UK to use technology which enables material to be removed from old roads and safely recycled to be used again for new surfaces.
That’s just one of the ways in which Minster Surfacing are embracing technology to make the industry cleaner, safer and more sustainable.
The Lincolnshire Environmental Awards uniquely brings together communities, businesses and schools to celebrate their achievements.
It’s inspiring to discover what people have been doing to help protect and improve the environment for all of us.
Former winners include Red Hen Children’s Day Nursery that offers young children the chance to experience nature, food and farming first-hand; Lincoln-based Green Synergy a charity that creates community gardens in the city’s most deprived areas where there are little or no accessible green spaces; and St Margaret’s CE Primary School, Withern, who have a range of outdoor learning spaces and carry out wildlife surveys beyond their school boundaries.
Hopefully some of you reading this will consider entering this year.
Perhaps you know about some exceptional environmental work carried out by Lincolnshire farmers, or you are part of a community group improving your local patch for wildlife and for people. Maybe your children’s school have been busy setting up wildlife areas and encouraging recycling.
The initial entry for the awards is just a 200-300 word description of your project via www.lincsenvironmentalawards.org.uk by 30 March 2019.
I’m looking forward to seeing the entries that this year brings.