17th June 1999

 

BELLAMY ‘GREENS’ LINCOLN

 

Dr David Bellamy visited the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside today to meet the winners of the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards.

 

Schools, environmental groups and county businesses converged on the Lincoln campus for the annual Environmental Summit which recognises the hard work of those involved in a range of recycling, waste management and wildlife projects.

 

Dr Bellamy is an honorary member of the Lindum Rotary Club and attended last years’ summit. “The environment of Lincolnshire benefits tremendously from all the groups here today,” he said. “These awards are part of the drive to find a way to make society work and to make everyone feel a part of a community that can make changes.”

 

He praised Bassingham County Primary School, near Lincoln, who were the winners of the education category for its 10 years work to maintain and improve the village with the creation of Bassingham Environmental Company (BEC). “They have created their own paradise,” said Dr Bellamy.

 

BEC, which is managed by a board of directors made up of the school’s pupils, has now gone live on the Internet and is responsible for ongoing wildlife and recycling projects in the area.

 

The winners and runners-up in the agriculture, business, education group and individual categories attended the summit to put their projects on display and to hear the announcement of the overall winner - environmental group Seagull.

 

In the past 10 years the Skegness and District Environmental Action Group (Seagull) have transformed landfill sites, set up recycling programmes and initiated a host of other projects on the east coast.

 

Ends

 

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