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Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards 2018 Pollinator Project Wins Top Prize

The top prize in The Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards 2018 has been won by Vanessa Crispini and Barry Wells who run the Pollinator Project which is an island wide conservation project to raise awareness of pollinating insects and wildlife. The top prize of £1500 will be spent on a project with local farmers that en- courages them to plant pollinator friendly hedging through the farming community.

Angela Salmon, one of the judges this year, noted “The winning projects are all making a fantastic contribution to nature conservation in Guernsey. The projects have involved many members of our community and these projects will be enjoyed by adults and children. The people leading the winning projects showed great knowl- edge, understanding and enthusiasm for nature conservation and they are also keen to share their knowledge by educating others.”

This year’s runner-up prize of £1000 is awarded to Guernsey Trees For Life, headed up by Andy McCutcheon. Their initiative is a tree planting scheme to plant native trees on sites around Guernsey with community support.

The £500 Best School Project went to Vale Infant School and the Mini Woodland Project, which is designed to encourage and involve pupils in planting and maintain- ing a mini woodland area on their school using a variety of native trees.

Vale Infant School also won this year’s Young Conservationists of the Year Award winning a further £250. The Peter Walpole People’s Choice Award, which was created in honour of the founder of Insurance Corporation and this competition, also went to Vale Infant School. They received the most public votes on the company’s website and receive another £500 towards their project.

Michelle Arundale, HR & PR Executive for Insurance Corporation and Chairman of the Judging panel said that they were overwhelmed with the entries they received this year:

“This year we had a difficult task to shortlist entries for judging for the first time in the history of the competition. We had such a fabulous response this year and we were delighted to see such a variety of projects entering. The judging day is always a real pleasure and provides a great insight into finding out all about the fantastic local conservation projects going on around our community and the Bailiwick. It is also a chance to meet the inspirational people behind the projects doing their utmost to en- hance our natural environment in so many different ways. Congratulations to all the entrants and especially our winners.”

Last year the top prize went to The Alderney Bird Conservatory while the runner up was St Andrew’s Floral Group in conjunction with the GSPCA.

View all photographs from the awards ceremony HERE

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