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Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards

2015 marks 25 years of the Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards in the Channel Islands.

These awards recognise those islanders who are passionate about protecting our environment for future generations and are planning to or have completed nature conservation projects. The aim of the competition is to bring these efforts to the attention of others and, as a consequence, to highlight the important environmental conservation work that takes place throughout the Channel Islands.

‘The awards started in 1990 and over those years we’ve seen a huge range of entries from protecting local wildlife to educating youngsters about our ecosystems and opening up some of the most beautiful parts of our islands for more people to enjoy,’ explained Insurance Corporation managing director Glyn Smith.

The competition encourages conservation projects, no matter how large or small, and projects that are either finished or unfinished, emphasis being placed on nature conservation.

All the projects will be judged by local environmentalists and the winners of the Best Conservation Project will receive £2,000 and the runner-up £1,000. The competition is open to entries from individuals, families, schools, conservation and environmental groups or organisations, businesses, landscaping firms, States departments and parishes.

Islanders will have a chance to vote for their favourite project too, as Glyn explained: ‘Last year we introduced the “Peter Walpole People’s Choice Award”, created in honour of Insurance Corporation chairman and the founder of the Conservation Awards. All short-listed entries will be placed on the Insurance Corporation’s Facebook page where islanders will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite.  The entry with the most votes will receive £500 to put towards their project.’

There is also an additional award for 2015.

‘This year to celebrate the 25th year of the awards, we have introduced a special “Manpower Award” where staff from Insurance Corporation in Guernsey and Jersey will provide the winning project with their assistance, as a team, over the course of one day.  Entrants should provide a brief outline of what our people can assist them with from planting trees, to weeding, painting or even counting species,’ said Glyn.

The closing date for entries is Friday 8 May 2015.

Download the entry form.

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