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Polli:Nation Wins Prestigious National Lottery Award

Leading environmental and education charity, Learning through Landscapes, has been awarded the prestigious “Best Environment Project” in the 2018 National Lottery Good Causes awards for their youth-led project Polli:Nation.

The Hampshire-based charity was up against 700 entrants in their category, beating six other finalists to scoop the winning prize for the initiative which supports pupils from 260 schools to transform their school grounds and other local walk-to spaces into pollinator-friendly habitats.

The National Lottery Awards are the annual search for the UK’s favourite National Lottery funded projects and they celebrate the inspirational projects and people who do extraordinary things with National Lottery funding.

The prize will fund a legacy project for Polli:Nation, allowing schools across the country to manage their grounds in the long-term for the benefit of pollinating insects. 

Richard Burkmar Invertebrate

Speaking of the award, Carley Sefton, CEO of Learning through Landscapes, said: “It has been fantastic seeing the impact of Polli:Nation. From using the project as a practical tool for enhancing lessons, to creating a school-wide “pollinator promise” and even forming new meadows in school grounds, everyone has got behind the campaign wholeheartedly.

“Most importantly, the project has empowered children to tackle one of our biggest environmental issues head on.

“As pollinators continue to decline globally, our eco-system finds itself under catastrophic threat. Polli:Nation has not only taught children about the urgency and importance of preserving our most important species, but it has also given them the chance to physically save them.

“We are so grateful to fantastic initiatives like the Heritage Lottery Fund and the millions of people who play the National Lottery that help keep these projects alive. Thanks to Polli:Nation, we can trust our future is in safe hands.”

The National Lottery funds environmental projects across the entire UK, building and maintaining outdoor spaces whilst encouraging communities to commit to an eco-friendly ethos. 

Drew Bennellick, Head of Landscape & Natural Heritage UK at the Heritage Lottery fund, said: “Having seen the Polli:Nation team in action at Learning Through Landscapes, I’m delighted to see their hard work has been recognised by this National Lottery award. 

“Opening children’s eyes to the life and work of bees and bugs is absolutely critical if we are to reconnect people with nature and all that it does to keep us alive and healthy. 

“Thanks to Polli:Nation and funding provided by National Lottery players, children at 260 schools are now bee enthusiasts and wildlife gardeners.” 

Since launching, Polli:Nation has engaged with over 35,000 children and young people, encouraging them to protect pollinating insects and therefore increase the number and diversity of these species in the UK.

The project has been supported by other sector partners including Field Studies Council, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation and the OPAL Network.

To find out more about Polli:Nation, visit www.polli-nation.co.uk.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018