27th September 2016
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Amenity trust looks for environmental award entries

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Shetland Amenity Trust is looking for nominations for the 28th Shetland Environmental Awards, which are being launched on Friday.

Any environmental project is eligible and the trust would encourage those who have undertaken these projects, or anyone who knows of a worthy project, to apply.

The awards, which aim to acknowledge projects that demonstrate sustainability, innovation and best practice in the conservation and enhancement of Shetland’s environment.

Brian Gregson, chairman of the Shetland Environment Group which judges the awards, said they continued to promote and celebrate environmental projects across Shetland’s community.

They ranged from large organisations and private business to community groups, schools and youth projects, Mr Gregson said. The event also championed individual people who went above and beyond to preserve, protect and enhance the local environment.

While there are no specific categories, nominations may come from projects associated with: recycling and waste management; the built environment; habitat creation and land stewardship; prevention of litter and pollution; heritage and culture; and environmental improvement and awareness.

Projects must be complete and fully operational at time of application and can also be from projects which have been operational for several years.

Mr Gregson said: “The judging panel are always heartened when we receive details of the nominations, as they give a real sense of the Shetland population’s dedication to the environment.

“We are especially delighted to see people from all walks of life putting time and effort into protecting and preserving our environment.

“We would encourage everyone who has undertaken relevant projects to apply. Many of the projects entered are nominated by members of the public. If you know of a project which deserves the recognition of an environmental award please request an application pack and send a nomination.”

Applications can now be completed online through the amenity trust website at www.shetlandamenity.org/shetland-environmental-awards. Electronic application packs can also be requested through info@shetlandamenity.org and paper copies from the trust offices at Garthspool, Lerwick. Call (01595) 694688.

Mr Gregson said the application was very simple to complete and further supporting information and photographs were also welcome.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 16th September with the awards presented at a ceremony in the Shetland Museum in November.

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