Final call for Natural Environmental Awards nominees to submit applications - The Solihull Observer

Final call for Natural Environmental Awards nominees to submit applications

Solihull Editorial 6th Jan, 2024   0

THE FINAL call for community groups, businesses, educational institutions and public sector bodies to enter the 2024 West Midlands Natural Environment Awards has been given.

Set up by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), the second annual awards will celebrate the green projects across the region that provide communities with new or improved access to nature – one of the key aims of the region’s Natural Environment Plan.

The awards aim to inspire new projects and increase awareness about the importance of preserving the natural environment and the positive impact it can have on the health and wellbeing of local people.

Applications must be submitted in the four categories – Business, Community, Public Sector, and Education – by noon on January 15.

The winners will be announced by Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, at an event in March.

It will be co-hosted by Beth Collier, founder of Wild in the City – a charity that inspires people to spend more time outdoors to help make nature a meaningful part of their everyday lives.

Mr Street said: “Our Natural Environment Awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise the hard work local people are putting in to protect, restore and enhance the green spaces and waterways that we are blessed with here in our region.

“I wish those applying for our 2024 awards the very best of luck and look forward to celebrating the commitment and achievements of all nominees at our awards ceremony next year.”

The winners of the 2023 awards were the Armed Forces Community Garden in Solihull

Elaine Butler, president of the Warwickshire and Birmingham County of the Royal British Legion, said: “Applying for the Natural Environment Awards was an opportunity for RBL Warwickshire and Birmingham County, in partnership with Solihull Council, to highlight the significance of creating serene spaces for our military veterans, especially those wounded or grappling with PTSD.

“Winning was not just a recognition for our efforts but a testament to the pivotal role the natural environment plays in their healing journey. It’s an honour that fuels the passion of the RBL and our commitment to further nurture and grow this initiative.”

To submit an application click here.


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