Education Awards 2014 – environment

Borough Mayor Barry Ayres and Dow site manager Julian Beresford-Peirse with competitors and coaching staff at the Adapted Sports Day at Lynnsport. ANL-140506-183732009
Borough Mayor Barry Ayres and Dow site manager Julian Beresford-Peirse with competitors and coaching staff at the Adapted Sports Day at Lynnsport. ANL-140506-183732009

As public understanding of environmental issues continues to grow, schools have a vital role in adopting green initiatives and encouraging their pupils to look after the world around them.

The Environmental Award, supported by Dow Chemical, will be presented to an individual, class or school who has demonstrated a consistent commitment to improving the environment.

Site leader Julian Beresford-Peirse said supporting the category was a “natural fit” for the firm, because of its concern with health, safety and maintaining the environment.

He said: “It’s a great opportunity to show how businesses can support environmental stewardship in a variety of ways, whether it’s through how you run your own operations, getting involved with voluntary projects aimed at restoring natural habitats or supporting education programmes.

“What’s also great about these awards is that they celebrate the wide range of environmental activities youngsters have been getting involved in, whether that might be improving recycling rates, saving energy or carving out new habitats for wildlife.

“It will be great to see the ideas children from our local schools have had, and we are really looking forward to helping in the selection of the winning school.

“It shows that whatever we do, and whatever age we are, we can all be mindful of the positive impact we can have on future generations – which after all is what these awards are all about.”

The company also plans to support the winner with further environmental education programmes, held at the site through visits to local nature reserves, as part of its ongoing partnership with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

Dow first helped the trust to buy an area of land known as the Delft, next to Roydon Common, in 2010. It is now being restored to provide rare heath habitats for a host of species.

The firm has invited youngsters to its site on Estuary Road, North Lynn and helped to fund school visits to some nature reserves.