Green Guardians assemble for a glittering city awards night gala
ENVIRONMENTAL champions in Notts will be honoured tonight.
The Green Guardian awards, run by Notts Wildlife Trust, encourage positive action to protect the environment.
After a record number of nominations, 21 projects from schools, businesses and individuals have been shortlisted for an award under seven categories.
The winners of each award will be announced tonight at an awards gala the city's Albert Hall, hosted by Bill Oddie, vice-president of the Wildlife Trusts.
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Edwalton Primary School is among the organisations in the running for the accolades.
They have been shortlisted in two categories – Education and the Environment and Protecting the Environment through Innovation – after setting up an Eco Hub which involved about 35 schools.
The school, in Wellin Lane, has its own farm animals and gardening club and is running a "switch-off fortnight" where children check appliances and lights have been switched off.
It also hosts visits and provides training to other schools.
Lead teacher for sustainability Hugh McCahon said: "The praise we received from Ofsted in January for the environmental work in our own school is a good indication that what we are doing is positive and being shortlisted for these awards is also wonderful recognition."
Also shortlisted in the Education and the Environment category, is Greenwood Primary School, in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, and Claylands Avenue Gardeners' Society, based in Worksop.
Bulwell Forest Garden, in Austin Street, has also been nominated for the First Steps to Sustainability award.
Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens, in The Meadows, could scoop the most awards after being shortlisted for Protecting the Environment through Innovation, Coping With Climate Change and Environmental Community Of The Year.
Community business development worker Laura Read said: "It's really brilliant to have this recognition for what has been happening in The Meadows and so many people have been involved in it and we really appreciate all of the community and volunteers who supported the original transformation of what was a piece of wasteland into a thriving garden."
John Everitt, chief executive of Notts Wildlife Trust said: "Since their launch over a decade ago, the Green Guardians Awards have been a wonderful way to recognise, reward and encourage positive environmental effort.
"In recent years the quality of applications and nominations has improved dramatically and the sheer range of green projects and initiatives across the county should act as a real beacon of hope – people really do care about wildlife and the wider environment."
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