Schools invited to enter rescheduled Dorothy Morley Conservation Award

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By Imogen Haig
19th October 2020

Are you a school? A parent? A pupil? Interested in conservation and environment in your school? Get involved by developing an environmental conservation project and your school could be in the running for an Award. Want to know more? Read on for more details.

We are pleased to announce new details of the postponed countywide biennial Berkshire schools environmental conservation award set up in memory of dedicated Berkshire conservationist, Dorothy Morley.

Open to all Berkshire schools, the 2021 Dorothy Morley Conservation Awards, promoted by CPRE Berkshire, recognise the two best school projects that promote environmental conservation in its widest sense. With a First Prize of £1,000 and Second Prize of £500 available, schools can enter any size project. The Awards were postponed from early 2020 due to the Coronavirus lockdown.

Gloria Keene, CPRE Berkshire Branch Secretary said:

“We are delighted to bring back the Award scheme for 2021. Helping young people form lifelong connections with nature and conservation can help us bounce back from the pandemic and build resilience in the longer term.

We are always encouraged by the determination, imagination and desire shown by Berkshire’s young people to bring a positive change to their local environment, particularly now. We hope this countywide award scheme will help school pupils feel that they really can make a difference, particularly when news about the climate change emergency might feel overwhelming. Local action can make a real impact.

We are ready to help schools with their ideas, whether at fledgling stage or more advanced. Please do get in touch for more information and the competition guidelines.”

New wildlife pond getting established
Past examples of successful school projects include sustainable living such as tree planting and waste recycling; surveys, nature studies, 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.

Potential applicants can contact Gloria for more information and the competition guidelines on 0118 930 6756, or email The deadline to register your interest is Monday 1 February 2021 although Gloria strongly advises applicants to contact her before then to give participants longer to develop their projects.

Having fun pond dipping
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