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Results: Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards in Jersey

The top prize in the Insurance Corporation Jersey Conservation Awards has been won by Karen Langlois who runs the Overdale Horticultural Group which provides social and therapeutic horticulture for patients in the grounds of the rehabilitation hospital.

The judges noted that patients’ pleasure, pride and sense of belonging were important factors in the creation of this initiative. The top prize of £1500 will be spent on an environmentally sustainable pond with a water feature and on the upkeep and development of land using organic, sustainable working practices.

This year’s runner-up prize of £1000 is awarded to Jersey Marine Conservation’s ‘Artificial Reef Atlantis Project’ headed up by entrant Kevin McIlwee. Their initiative aims to protect species off Jersey’s coasts from intensive commercial fishing methods and allow them to develop through the building of artificial reefs.

“The PR and media attention we received just as a result of entering was massively helpful and important; it has helped give the project credibility and therefore supported our work in securing funding” Kevin McIlwee

The £500 Education Award went to Caring Cooks’ Melissa Norbrega and the Kitchen Garden Project which is designed to equip children with the knowledge and skills to plant seeds, grow food and then use it to prepare nutritious meals. This initiative is currently in six Jersey schools but the target is to be in every one by 2025.

“This meant a great deal to us as a team and the future of the project – Myself and Melissa are keen to get as much exposure of the project as possible” Karen Le Cornu, Caring Cooks

There were joint winners in this year’s Young Conservationists of the Year Award with Samantha Blampied and Sarah Maguire both winning £250.

“The process of entering and winning was very motivational, and the support from ICCI gave us much-needed exposure with the media” Samantha Blampied

The Peter Walpole People’s Choice Award, which was created in honour of the founder of Insurance Corporation and this competition, went to Samantha Blampied. They received the most public votes on the company’s website and receive £500 towards their project.

Mandy Hunt, Managing Director of Insurance Corporation, said that the judging day is a great insight into finding out about local conservation projects and it was good to meet the people behind the entries:

“What could be nicer than spending the day in some of the most beautiful parts of the Channel Islands with hugely passionate, knowledgeable and caring individuals explaining their fascinating projects. It is a shame that we have to pick winners and this year was as difficult as ever. We were hugely impressed by the transformative power of the gardening available to patients with debilitating conditions at Overdale. It is a project that has potential benefits for the entire community so we all agreed to award it this year’s top prize”

Last year the top prize went to the Jersey Mencap Pond Project while the runner up was Paul Chambers with his survey of Les Minquiers.

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