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Eden Meadows shortlisted for National Prize
18 August 2015
Returning Eden's Meadows project in Kent has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award at the 2015 Biffa Awards. A ceremony which recognises the people who build communities and transform lives through Biffa Award funded projects.

Kent Wildlife Trust will now compete against three other organisations from across the country for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Rebuilding Biodiversity’ category and win a £1,500 prize!

The Trust’s restoration project received £49,225 in funding from Biffa Award which has restored 25 hectares of improved or semi-improved grassland to a regionally significant proportion of species-rich lowland meadows within the Eden Valley flood plain. Over 1500m of fencing was erected through the project to stock-proof fields previously too insecure for grazing to take place and each landowner was provided with a five year management plan. The project  has also been able to set up the ‘Friends of Eden’s Meadows’ a community group of over 20 locals dedicated to sharing contacts, educating the community and helping to manage each other’s meadows through work parties. Over 100 local residents and members of the community were also involved through training workshops and guided walks.

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, said:
 “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.”