The Association was today named as winner of the ‘Small Grants’ category for their ‘River Oaks Pond’ project. Competing against other Small Grants awardees from across the UK, they received £2,000 in prize money, which they can use to further develop their project. The remarkable volunteer-led improvement and restoration project impressed the independent Biffa Award judge and saw them edge ahead of their competitors.
Administered by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, Biffa Award awards 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 River Oaks Residents Association received a small grant of £1,902 in funding from Biffa Award to restore a previously stagnant, smelly and algae ridden pond, along with its grass and border boundaries to improve its use as a community recreation facility. Following the project, the pond has become a focal point for the community and had encouraged better community cohesion.
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 River Oaks Residents Association on their success at this year’s Awards. The project to restore the pond and surrounding area has led to the space being used as a focal point for community celebrations and events, and a greater sense of community spirit.”
The Biffa Awards are accredited by the RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme: www.rsaaccreditation.org