3 June 2011

Froglife at the Green Heart Community Environment Awards 2011

We are proud to announce that one of our projects and a young Froglife volunteer have been listed as finalists for the Green Heart Community Environment Awards in Huntingdon.

Froglife's Green Pathways Scheme has been shortlisted for the Best Environmental Project Award and one of the scheme's volunteers, Amy Hamlett, has been shortlisted in the Young Green Achiever Award category.

The Green Heart Community Environment Awards recognise community groups and individuals who are making a real difference by reducing their environmental footprint and boosting local green projects. The awards are organised by Huntingdonshire District Council in association with The Hunts Post.

Councillor Jonathan Gray, whose executive responsibilities include environment, said of the awards: “We want to find out more about the excellent environmental community projects in the district. We certainly came across many inspirational people and projects at the awards in 2010.”

Froglife’s Green Pathways scheme entered its National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW) exhibition with specific reference to the input 1st Yaxley Brownies had in making items for the exhibition. Their involvement also went towards their Wildlife Explorer badges. The “Toads on Roads” exhibition obtained ‘Highly Commended’ for the Outstanding Achievement Award from The British Science Association. In the application Froglife highlighted how the exhibit successfully communicated the plight of toads on British roads to over 430 members of the general public of Huntingdonshire and Peterborough – a wonderful and unique way of raising environmental awareness.

Amy Hamlett was entered for her incredible seven year commitment to Froglife as a volunteer. Starting her service at just five years old she has developed into an enthusiastic and thoughtful young person who has taken the lead on many environmental projects and fundraising initiatives, whilst continually spreading Froglife’s environmental message to her peers and the general public. 

Amy with Willie Thorne and Mike Dilger
 Earlier this year Amy swam an incredible 3000 metres in aid of our Tuppence a Toad campaign (raising around £300).  She has also taken part in the Great Eastern Fun Run, and regularly attended all sorts of events as a Froglife representative, including Bird Fair, NSEW and local school fetes. Several years ago Amy also became a founder of the Eco Club at Farcet School and took the lead on the Secret Garden project that was undertaken by Froglife. This project was integral in the school receiving their Green Flag Award and even inspired Froglife to develop new environmental education projects.

The Green Heart Community Environment Awards ceremony takes place at The Corn Exchange, St Ives on Saturday 4th June as part of celebrations for World Environment Day. Places are invitation only so we will let you know the outcome of our two categories as soon as we can.

Fingers crossed…..

You can find out more about Froglife's education projects here

You can donate to support our work here

You can find out more about becoming part of the Froglife team of volunteers here

Photo by Duane Hamlett

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