Nominations sought for conservation awards

NORTH Devon Conservation Society is inviting nominations for its Conservation Awards 2009. These prestigious awards are made annually to honour conservation champions from across North Devon and Torridge. Last year s awards recognised projects as dive

NORTH Devon Conservation Society is inviting nominations for its Conservation Awards 2009. These prestigious awards are made annually to honour conservation champions from across North Devon and Torridge.Last year's awards recognised projects as diverse as Fremington Primary School's kitchen garden, restoration of Ilfracombe Town Council offices and Fairlynch Farm for sustainable and wildlife friendly farming practices.Two special awards are sponsored by North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to encourage projects on or near the region's spectacular coastline. Last year Chambercombe Manor won the Natural Environment Award for work on scrub clearance and creation of a new footpath and the Built Environment Award was presented to John Rous of Clovelly Estate for the restoration of the Summerhouse near Mouth Mill. Projects eligible for awards include: building restorations; wildlife and countryside projects; heritage projects such as books and tapes. Entry is open to schools, colleges and groups in age categories under-12 years and 12-19 years and to individual adults and adult groups.Closing Date for entries is Monday, June 1. Nomination forms and details are available from the North Devon AONB website at www.northdevon-aonb.org.uk.The winners will be presented with their awards, engraved cups, trophies and certificates at the annual ceremony in the Guildhall in Barnstaple on the evening of June 19.


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