Partnership Projects Awarded at Pennon Group Environmental Awards

We are thrilled to announce that two of our partnership projects have received recognition at the annual Pennon Group Environmental Awards.

Over the last two years we have been working with South West Water (SWW) to develop innovative plans to tackle the ever increasing problem of Invasive Non Native Species. Led by SWW’s Ecologist Kate Hills, the partnership, which includes the Environment Agency, Ebsford Environmental and Cornwall Environmental Consultants, has involved large scale surveying, industry and public workshops and the development of a full Biosecurity Policy.

The work, completed by the individuals involved in the project, was awarded first place at this year’s awards presentation; attending the presentation were Kate Hills (SWW), Lisa Tame (SWLT) and Mark Prout (Ebsford Environmental).

Kate Hills said “Animals and plants from all over the world have been introduced to Britain by people. Most are harmless, but 10-15% become invasive harming the environment and our wildlife, impacting on the economy, or even posing a risk to our health and the way we live. Promoting awareness and partnership working is the only way to tackle invasive non native species. These species are a national problem but the South West is taking strong regional action and I’m proud to play my part.”

The Partnership Peatland Restoration Project at Crowdy Marsh, was also highly commended at this year’s awards, a double whammy for this project which was recently Highly Commended in the ‘Best Contribution to Environmental Growth 2017’ category at this year’s Cornwall Sustainability Awards. Partners on this project include South West Water, South West Lakes Trust, Natural England and GRT Countryside.

Lisa Tame, Head of Development for South West Lakes Trust, said “These awards provide firm recognition of our partnership’s achievement in delivering environmental projects across the South West. Our environment is precious and by looking after it we give space for wildlife and people to enjoy. By working with project partners, local communities, volunteers and external funders we can improve and protect the natural environment around our lakes. We want to preserve our unique habitats and landscapes whilst helping our visitors to enjoy them.”

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