Postponed: 2020 Dorothy Morley Conservation Award

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16th April 2020

CPRE Berkshire postpones the 2020 Dorothy Morley Schools Conservation Award until 2021

Open to all Berkshire Schools, the 2020 Dorothy Morley Conservation Awards, promoted by CPRE Berkshire, recognise the two best school projects that promote environmental conservation in its widest sense. Set up in memory of dedicated Berkshire conservationist, Dorothy Morley, with a First Prize of £1,000 and Second Prize of £500 available, schools can enter any size project.

Gloria Keene, our Branch Secretary said:

“The rules of competition for the Dorothy Morley Award do not cover the exceptional circumstances that we are currently experiencing due to the Coronavirus.

We do not wish to add any pressure to schools in Berkshire who are concerned about completing their conservation projects for the Award by the closing date in June 2020. Many schools have closed, except those which remain open for the students of those working for the NHS or in other frontline roles, and will also be observing the Government advice on social distancing and staying at home. 

The Chairman and Executive Committee have therefore decided to postpone the Award until 2021 to give all schools a fair chance of completing their project – and I will be letting those schools know who have expressed a willingness to take part in the Award this year.”

Past examples of successful projects include sustainable living such as tree planting and waste recycling; surveys, studies, and other projects which promote conservation; partnership projects with local organisations in towns and villages; promoting organic and local food; creating and developing school gardens; and creating and maintaining accessible wildlife friendly community areas.

We send our very best wishes to all Berkshire schools in this current climate, and we look forward to welcoming them to the Award scheme next year.

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