This year’s Landscape Institute Awards were held at the Troxy, London on the 24th of November, and once again Wildflower Turf Ltd sponsored the ‘Excellence in Biodiversity Conservation and Enhancement‘ award. As in previous years, the Awards Ceremony was also available to attend virtually.
The annual event highlights outstanding projects combatting climate change, supporting health and wellbeing, promoting biodiversity and “levelling up” local spaces on a global scale.
There were a record-breaking 200 entries for this year’s awards, including 53 from international entrants. The judging panel selected 75 finalists and a total of 24 winners.
British ethnobotanist, television presenter and garden designer, James Wong was this year’s presenter and several members of our team attended the ceremony, enjoying the opportunity to network with peers, customers and other industry leaders.
Our long-term partners, Cornwall Council, were awarded the Excellence in Biodiversity Conservation and Enhancement award and our Managing Director, James-Hewetson-Brown, presented Melissa Ralph from Cornwall Council with her award.
The winning project, ‘Making Space for Nature‘, is a collaboration between Cornwall Council, Cormac and the University of Exeter.
Making Space for Nature has transformed 34 hectares of urban green space in eight Cornish towns – Bodmin, Falmouth, Helston, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, Penryn and St Austell.
This great green infrastructure network provides buzzing hubs for wildlife and people and is recognised as part of Cornwall’s nature recovery network.
The project has improved the ecological and social value of 27 urban greenspaces, including parks, small green spaces, road verges and closed churchyards. It has increased biodiversity in urban areas and will help to mitigate the effects of climate change by storing carbon and creating a more flood-resilient landscape.
The project has also linked urban green spaces within the wider landscape for wildlife and for local communities.
Martyn Alvey, portfolio holder for Environment and Climate Change at Cornwall Council, said: “We are committed to creating a cleaner, greener Cornwall with more space for nature, and bringing nature closer to people. This project is a brilliant example of how schemes like this can benefit wildlife, the environment and local communities.”
Congratulations to all finalists and winners!