The Woodland Trust in Hertfordshire, is celebrating success after scooping a prestigious environmental and community award, at the Biffa Awards 2014.
The Woodland Trust was today named as winner of the ‘Rebuilding Biodiversity’ category for their ‘Heartwood Forest – increasing native woodland in Hertfordshire’ project. As a category winner they received £2,000 in prize money, which they can use to further develop their project.
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 recently completed projects competed to win a prize in one of five categories – Community Buildings, Recreation, Small Grants, Cultural Facilities and Rebuilding Biodiversity.
The project enabled thousands of volunteers to plant 295,000 trees, creating 120 hectares of new native woodland over three years whilst also linking up four pockets of ancient woodland. But it was the strong sense of community ownership that impressed the independent Biffa Award judge and saw them edge ahead of their competitors.
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 Woodland Trust on their success at this year’s Awards. The project has not only sown the seeds for what will undoubtedly be an important pocket of woodland, it has also provided a number of local communities with a connection to their local environment, which should be applauded.”
The Biffa Awards are accredited by the RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme: www.rsaaccreditation.org