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Canal Wood Shortlisted for National Prize
18 August 2015

The Trust will now compete against three other organisations from across the country for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Recreation’ category and receive a £1,500 prize!

The Trust’s improvement project at Canal Woods received £40,094 in funding from Biffa Award which has enabled it to improve Canal Wood, near Poyntz Pass
 by creating a new circular path, and building boardwalks to overcome excessive wetness in parts of the site, as well as replacing three slippery wooden bridges with permanent stone bridges. The project has worked with local children to design and install new interpretation boards for more than 70,000 walkers every year to learn more about the site and the work the Woodland Trust has been able to do. There have also been improvements to two entrances to make them more appealing and attract people in from the canal towpath route. The Trust has engaged the local community in four events; planting wild flower plugs and bulbs, moth identification, butterfly surveying and bird ringing.

The Biffa Awards 2015 will be held on October 1 at the Coventry Transport Museum. All the finalists will be invited to attend a day of celebrating the passion and commitment of those who dedicate their lives to building communities and transforming lives; benefiting those around them, as well as the environment.

Competition has been fierce from the start, with more than 240 projects eligible to enter the awards under five different categories: Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, Rebuilding Biodiversity, Recreation and Small Grants.

Category winners at the Awards will receive a trophy and prize money of £1,500, which can be used to further develop their project.  Each winner then has the chance of being crowned the Overall Winner for 2015, receiving a further £1,000 prize.

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager,
 “The Biffa Awards have been held for over 10 years and each year they create a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate and recognise the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded. A great deal of the projects we support have a huge and lasting impact on their local community and environment, so to be shortlisted for an award is a wonderful achievement in itself.  Our judges have a difficult but exciting task ahead in choosing the winners.”