6th August 2002

 

 

 

TOP AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CRUSADER

 

Lincoln-based environment expert Kate Hiseman has received a prestigious award for outstanding services to the community.

 

The award was presented to Kate by the Ollerton and District Economic Forum and pays tribute to seven years of dedicated voluntary work.

 

Kate joined the forum in 1995, became its vice-chairman and led several action groups working towards the social, economic and environmental regeneration of the Ollerton area in Nottinghamshire.

 

Kate, who is now Energy and Environment Manager at the university of Lincoln, has worked extensively with the public on projects to improve the environment.

 

Her most successful venture was Recycling Ollerton and Boughton. Helped by people with learning difficulties from a local day centre, the project began three years ago and served 200 homes. The service now extends to 2,500 homes with a target of 4,000.

 

Kate, previously an environmental lecturer at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture, Riseholme Park, led a team of volunteers and undergraduate students to conduct an extensive ecological and cultural appraisal of open spaces within the Ollerton area. 
 
This work is now used as a local authority planning aid. “I did a lot of research on how the landscape had developed and we decided to create a wildlife corridor, with the green spaces acting as stepping stones,” she said.

 

Such is her dedication to environmental issues, Kate has just spent her two-week holiday surveying the Newark area for signs of nesting otters and water voles.

 

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