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Biffa Awards 2013 shortlist announced
13 August 2013

Biffa Award is pleased to announce the results of its shortlisting phase for this year’s Biffa Awards – the annual awards ceremony which recognises the people who transform their communities and improve the environment through Biffa Award funded projects.


Biffa Award is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.  Each year, projects completing within the previous financial year are invited to enter a special awards scheme to recognise and celebrate the people behind the projects who work hard to bring communities together and make a lasting difference to their local areas and the environment.


Projects are invited to enter the Biffa Awards in one of five categories – Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, Rebuilding Biodiversity, Recreation and Small Grants. This year, more than 240 projects were eligible to enter the Awards, and a total of 20 projects have made it onto the shortlist, with 4 in each category.


The 20 finalists will now have to impress a team of judges who will visit the projects to help them decide on the winners in each category.  Category winners will each receive a trophy and £2,000 in prize money, which can be used to further develop their project, and an Overall Winner will receive an additional £1,000 prize.


The winners will be announced at a ceremony on September 24 at ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum.


The 2013 Biffa Award finalists include projects from across the UK.  They are:

Community Buildings


  • Extension of Community Gym, Fighting Fit, Pontypool, Monmouthshire
  • Hall Lounge Refurbishment, Norton Fitzwarren Village Hall, Taunton, Somerset
  • Heating Replacement, Dalziel St Andrews Parish Church, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire
  • Open Doors; Open Hearts; Thriving Communities, St John the Evangelist Church, Golcar, West Yorkshire


Cultural Facilities


  • Boston Castle & Courtyard Restoration, Friends of Boston Castle and Parklands, Rotherham, South Yorkshire
  • Ickworth's Real Lives - The Servant's Hall, The National Trust, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • Improving Access to Tate Liverpool, Tate Liverpool
  • New Public Sculpture Centre, Edinburgh Culture Workshop


Rebuilding Biodiversity


  • Bluebells and Barbastelles, Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
  • Portrack Waders, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust
  • Project Snipe, Durham Wildlife Trust
  • The Sinodun Hills Project, Earth Trust, Oxfordshire




  • Crewe United Sports Zone, Crewe United Football and Social Club, Lisburn, County Antrim
  • Oasis - Sensory Garden, Groundwork London, Islington
  • St Andrew's Play Area, Play Paddock Wood, Paddock Wood, Kent
  • 3-Lane Practice Nets & Training Space, Crowhurst Park Cricket Club, Battle, East Sussex


Small Grants


  • Children's Outdoor Story-telling Circle, Cowbridge Charter Trust, Cowbridge, South Glamorgan
  • Moss Valley Woodland Works, Sheffield Wildlife Trust
  • Notice Board and Wooden Composting Bins, Allington Millennium Green Trust, Maidstone, Kent
  • Washdyke Association Orchard and Play Area, Wymeswold Washdyke Association, Wymeswold, Leicestershire


Please visit our Press Releases or News pages to read about each project.


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“Every year Biffa Award organises a special celebration to recognise and reward the people behind the outstanding projects we fund.  All of our projects are run by people who work hard to bring communities together and make a lasting difference to their local areas and the environment, so to be shortlisted for an Award is a tremendous achievement. Our judges have a difficult but exciting task ahead in choosing the winners.”