The grade II listed windmill in Dereham, Norfolk, is celebrating double success after scooping a prestigious environmental and community award, at the Biffa Awards 2014.
The Trustees of Dereham Windmill were named as winners of the ‘Cultural Facilities’ category for their ‘Dereham Windmill Restoration’ project. Competing against cultural facilities from across the UK, the Trustees received £2,000 in prize money, which they can use to further develop their project. Their remarkable volunteer-led restoration and community engagement approach to the project impressed the independent Biffa Award judge and saw them edge ahead of their competitors. In addition to winning a category prize, and having impressed Biffa Award’s independent judges, the project fought off tough competition from the winners of the other four categories to be crowned the overall winner for 2014, securing them a further £1,000 in prize money.
Administered by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, Biffa Award distributes grants to environmental and community projects, using landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Group Ltd. Each year, the people transforming their communities and improving the environment through Biffa Award projects are recognised at the Biffa Awards ceremony. This year more than 260 completed projects competed to win a prize in one of five categories – Community Buildings, Recreation, Small Grants, Cultural Facilities and Rebuilding Biodiversity.
The windmill received £48,000 in funding from Biffa Award to restore and refurbish this Grade II listed building. The restoration work included the installation of security lighting, new windows and doors as well as the repair of the top floor and replacement of the fantail and its frame. The windmill, originally built in 1835, is now a much used community exhibition centre and is run by a dedicated team of 70 volunteers.
This year’s Awards were held today at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. The theme for the Awards was ‘creating positive change’ and sought to celebrate the people behind the projects that are helping to build and rebuild their local communities in these difficult economic times.
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“The Biffa Awards are a unique opportunity to celebrate and reward the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded. All of our projects deserve recognition for the work they do, but we are delighted for the Trustees of Dereham Windmill on their success at this year’s Awards. Their inspirational work at the windmill is not only safeguarding this rich cultural history, but it has really involved the local community – inspiring volunteers as well as creating a fantastic experience for visitors.”
The Biffa Awards are accredited by the RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme: www.rsaaccreditation.org