CIRIA BIG Biodiversity Awards

As the leading supplier of Wildflower Turf products in the UK, we are passionate about supporting and encouraging action that promotes and improves biodiversity within the urban environment.

As in previous years, Wildflower Turf Ltd was the overall prize sponsor at the CIRIA BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards, held in September, with 2019 entries drawn from the likes of Scottish and Southern Electricity, Kier Highways and Thames Water.

Now in its 6th year, the BIG Biodiversity Challenge invites the construction industry to add at least one new biodiversity enhancement to construction sites, developments or existing buildings.

This year’s Overall Winner was Cormac Solutions Ltd for Cornwall Council, in relation to Cornwall Council’s Green Infrastructure for Growth programme.

Cormac Solutions Ltd was also successful in winning the ‘Project of the Year – medium/large scale Award’ for the same project.

Trenoweth site

Cornwall Council’s 2015 Environmental Growth Strategy identified that protection of the environment is no longer enough and that it needs to be invested in and grown. Green Infrastructure for Growth has led the way in environmental net gain and worked with local communities to re-think areas of green space.

Public urban spaces within 7 towns have been improved so that they are of greater benefit to people and wildlife. Improvements have included planting wildflower meadows, trees, orchards, pollinator friendly flower beds and pond creation. The target was to enhance 35Ha of public urban spaces, however 40Ha has been realised. The project has provided opportunities for community engagement and education across the participating towns.

You can read more about this project here.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and those shortlisted, and we look forward to supplying Cormac Solutions Ltd with their prize.