In the picture: The High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire, Charles Brims, joined the Trustees of CPRE Berkshire, to award cheques and certificates to two outstanding Schools in Berkshire for their conservation projects.
2016 Conservation Award: First prize of £1,000 was awarded to The Hawthorns School, Woosehill, Wokingham for their conservation activities to encourage more wild life and nature into the school grounds and to benefit the wider community. Those attending from the School were: Stephanie McKay, Jo McShane and five of the school pupils, who had been involved in the project.
Second prize of £500 was awarded to Claire's Court Junior Boys, Maidenhead for the project which aims to build plant and maintain raised bed gardens around the school Gardening and growing of food crops is encouraged throughout the school. The presentation was attended by Judy Nott who represented the school.
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant congratulated the Schools for their magnificent effort in their individual conservation projects, which involved the participation of pupils, teachers and parents. CPRE Branch Secretary, Gloria Keene MBE said "we believe it is important to run the Conservation Award for Berkshire Schools as we are keen to increase awareness of the landscape, countryside and its values to inspire future generations to protect our countryside.
Certificates were awarded to: the runners up.
The Dorothy Morley Conservation Award is run biannually. The award reflects the aspirations of a dedicated conservationist Dorothy Morley who died in 1995. She was a strong campaigner on rural issues being the Chairman of Newbury & Hungerford District for the CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England), and Dorothy also served on the West Berkshire Committee of BBOWT, the local wildlife Trust for several years.
The Award is a tribute to her memory, made possible by the generosity of her family. Dorothy Morley believed in protecting the living environment as a means of improving the quality of life for all, not only as key elements for a sustainable future but also building a strong sense of community and partnership in both towns and villages. CPRE Berkshire promotes the award within schools in Berkshire.