A Nature Reserve in Wales 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.
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales will now compete against three other organisations from across the country for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Rebuilding Biodiversity’ category and receive a £1,500 prize!
The Trust’s creation and rejuvenation project received £50,000 in funding from Biffa Award to create new habitats and manage existing habitat to directly benefit Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species and to increase the awareness of these species to local communities. The project has involved: the creation and management of ponds and scrapes; the creation of arable fields and meadows; the creation of scrub, through conifer plantation management; rejuvenating existing wetland habitat; growing and planting kidney vetch on the reserve. The project has also created specific nesting, breeding and hibernacula habitat for a range of species. Due to the project’s success there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people using the nature reserve and supporting the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. The project has been able to establish its own local volunteer group – Friends of Parc Slip and has been successful in engaging with local people and communities, not least local farmers that graze the nature reserve.
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.”