Wonderful Awards Evening
Thank you to everyone who made our Awards Evening on Monday night such a wonderful occasion. Over 120 guests filled The Hostry to learn about all the short-listed projects, listen to presentations and see the winners collect their Awards. More photographs will be put up here very shortly but in the meantime here is the list of categories and winners from the evening:
Green Build Award:
Winner: Goldsmith Street Development, Norwich City Council – a brownfield development in Norwich of 105 dwellings for social rent, built to high PassivHaus and design standards, and making it the largest PassivHaus scheme for social rent in the country.
Joint Runners-Up: (1) Hill Farms Barns on the Holkham Estate – derelict cart-sheds converted into eco-efficient offices, using local labour and recycled materials, and keeping the vernacular to blend in with its surroundings. Now used by a local company and providing the headquarters for the Holkham Nature Reserve. (2) Barley House, Rockland St. Peter – a large family home built to PassivHaus standards, using local and recycled materials, including a large oak frame, straw bale walls, with lime render.
Special Mention: Biergarten, Caston – a timber-clad PassivHaus making the best use of a tight, awkward setting.
Thriving Countryside Award:
Winner: North Walsham Conservation Group – a large group of local volunteers look after hay meadows and woodland, have unearthed Honing Railway Station from under years’ of debris, to make it part of Weavers’ Way, brought back to life delicate wildflower habitats at Knapton and Felmingham railway lines, and completely transformed a large area into a beautiful habitat-rich resource for education, visits and relaxation.
Runner-Up: Returning Grazing to Whitwell Common SSSI – a project to bring Highland cattle to graze Whitwell Common. By eating up the nutrient rich grass and choking weeds, the indigenous eco-system of the common, rich in rare and delicate bog-plants is once again thriving.
Engaged Youth Award:
Winner: Colby Primary School Eco Hub – largely run with ideas from the children themselves, designed as a resource for exploring the natural world, understanding eco-technology, innovative recycling ideas, raising their own vegetables, fruits, hens and insects, sharing their knowledge with other schools at workshops, acting as eco-ambassadors, building relations with local businesses.
Runner-Up: Felbeck Trust Outdoor Classroom – works with children from Aylmerton Field Studies Centre, and further afield from deprived urban environments, to provide a beautiful oasis in a relaxing atmosphere, which is often a new experience for some children. Learning to be calm, listen, learn, identify, explore, experience nature, build up their confidence, and use their imagination.
Successful Campaign Award:
Winner: Norfolk Ponds Project – A collaborative project with several organisations and farmers to recover silted-up, lost or ‘ghost’ farmland ponds across Norfolk, of which there are 23,000, more than any other English county. Results so far have been spectacular with volunteers clearing ponds to create a network of habitat stepping stones allowing species to thrive and encouraging back great crested newt, crucian carp, water vole, stoneworts, and several farmland birds and pollinators, plus many rare wetland plants.
Runner-Up: Brecks Bat Project – a five-year project of large numbers of volunteers in a ‘citizen science’ experiment to record bat movements using equipment supplied by Norfolk Bat Survey resulting in hugely increased knowledge of the movements and species of Norfolk bats.
Special Mention: Assist Trust – a litter-picking campaign helping adults with learning difficulties be mobile, build up confidence and teamwork skills, and feel a valuable part of their community.
All photos: Otto Ross-Jolly Above: North Walsham Conservation Group winners of Thriving Countryside Award
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