LOCAL conservation heroes were rewarded for their efforts at a prize-giving ceremony at Barnstaple Guildhall on Friday night. The Barnstaple and District Civic Society s Conservation Awards 2008 recognised a host of North Devon restoration, heritage and w

LOCAL conservation heroes were rewarded for their efforts at a prize-giving ceremony at Barnstaple Guildhall on Friday night.The Barnstaple and District Civic Society's Conservation Awards 2008 recognised a host of North Devon restoration, heritage and wildlife projects.Among the winners were Fremington Community Primary and Nursery School for their work in creating a school kitchen garden, composting and re-using discarded household items. Shebbear College won an award for conservation and recycling projects, as well as Fair Trade shops manned by the pupils.Ilfracombe Town Council was recognised for its recent restoration of its offices, while architects Jonathan Rhind picked up an award for work to protect the roof and structure of St Peter's Church, Trentishoe.Priory Church of St Mary, Pilton won the Heritage Shield for restoration of the church porch.The Taw and Torridge Shield for heritage projects was presented to Andrew Byrom, on behalf of the late Robert D'Arcy Andrew for the book Braunton, home of the last sailing coasters.Richard Dyer, of Fairlinch Farm, Braunton was awarded the Endymion Shield for wildlife, while the Children's Summer Club won the Richard Hilson Memorial Cup for a Barnstaple wildlife project.The North Devon AONB Coastal Award for the built environment went to Clovelly Estates, while the natural environment prize was awarded to Chambercombe Manor Trust."The purpose of the awards is to give publicity to the many examples of conservation which are being undertaken in North Devon," said society spokesperson Philip Milton."They are designed to reward and encourage people to take an interest in and care for the built and natural environment they live in. The Society welcomes new members and indeed, several of the judging committee are standing down this year," added Mr Milton. Anyone interested in helping-out should contact Philip Milton on (01271) 344300 or at his office or email info@miltonpj.netWINNERS in full: Cashmore Junior School Cup: Fremington Community Primary & Nursery School for creating a school kitchen garden, composting and re-using discarded household items. Cashmore Senior School Cup: Shebbear College for their conservation and recycling projects and fair-trade shops manned by the pupils.Heritage Shield winner for building restoration projects: Priory Church of St Mary, Pilton for their restoration of the church porch.President's Shield winner for building restoration projects: Colin Wright and Ilfracombe Town Council for exterior and interior restoration of Ilfracombe Town Hall.Taw and Torridge Shield for heritage projects: Andrew Byrom, on behalf of the late Robert D'Arcy Andrew for the book Braunton, home of the last sailing coasters.Endymion Shield for wildlife: Richard Dyer, Fairlinch Farm, Braunton for his sustainable and environmentally Friendly farming techniques throughout the work of the farm.Richard Hilson Memorial Cup for a Barnstaple wildlife project: Children's Summer Club for creating an RSPB wildsquare in Bear Street Cemetery, Barnstaple.Herbert Dyer Memorial Shield for professional entries: Jonathan Rhind, Architects for conservation restoration to roof and structure of St Peter's Church, Trentishoe.North Devon AONB Coastal Award for the built environment: John Rous of Clovelly Estate Co. Ltd for restoration of Summerhouse 'The Wilderness' at Mouth Mill, Clovelly.North Devon AONB Coastal Award for the natural environment: Chambercombe Manor Trust for their clearance of scrub, permissive path creation and invasive species' management.