Such an exciting night – Mercer Wood won the Community Award – AND was judged the overall award winner !
Thank you everyone for all the vision and hard work – so delighted it has received recognition !
From the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website:
Mercer Wood Community Group won the Orsted Community Award and the Overall Award at the Lincolnshire Environment Awards event which was held at Lincoln’s Bentley Hotel on Thursday 6 June. The inspiring and uplifting evening demonstrated how important our natural heritage is and how we can all play a part in its protection and recovery.
Overall and Orsted Community Award 2019
Mercer Wood Community Group
Mercer Wood, measuring 3.34 Hectares, located between the River Trent and Ropery Road in Gainsborough had sadly become overgrown and uncared for. Decades of fly-tipping made the wood unattractive and unsafe for local families. In 2010, local residents formed the Mercer Wood Community Group with the vision to manage the area for all to enjoy. Alongside volunteers from the Adult Learning Group and The Conservation Volunteers, they spent several years removing tons of domestic rubbish, old furniture, car parts, tyres and a burnt-out caravan. The community group have now planted over 1000 new saplings, constructed all-weather, wheelchair-friendly footpaths, with adjacent seating areas; and planted a community orchard and wildflower meadow.
“It was so reassuring to realise that there is already a wider understanding of the need to nurture urban green space and its wildlife, both for biodiversity and the climate emergency, as well as human health and wellbeing.”