Award winning spaces

2016


Business Green Leaders Awards – Nomination, April 2016

The Land Trust has made the shortlist for the Business Green Leaders Awards for its work on Port Sunlight River Park.

The site has been shortlisted in the Ecosystem Project of the Year category.

The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards bring together over 600 executives, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and campaigners to celebrate the green economy’s most exciting and innovative achievements from the past 12 months.

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Port Sunlight River Park

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Echo Environment Awards – Community Project of the Year, April 2016

The Land Trust’s Green Angels programme receives success at the Echo Environment Awards, winning ‘Community Project of the Year’ award.

The green-focused awards, organised by the Liverpool Echo in association with United Utilities, have been established to recognise the best environmental businesses, schools, community, projects and individuals.

Green Angels, was a Big Lottery-funded programme, delivered the Land Trust to boost the quality of life for local peoples by providing environmental training opportunities and community events in and around Liverpool Festival Garden.

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Festival Gardens to May 2017

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Echo Environment Awards – Shortlisted for Neighbourhood Improvement Project Award, April 2016

Port Sunlight River Park was shortlisted for the Echo Environment ‘Neighbourhood Improvement Project Award’.

The green-focused awards, organised by the Liverpool Echo in association with United Utilities, have been established to recognise the best environmental businesses, schools, community, projects and individuals.

Previously a landfill site hemmed off from the community, the site was transformed and opened to the public in 2014 by the Land Trust. The park has since gone from strength to strength, becoming a popular destination for residents and visitors and haven for wildlife, managed by Autism Together on behalf of the Land Trust.

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Port Sunlight River Park

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Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North West Award - Highly Commended Award, April 2016

Port Sunlight River Park received ‘Highly Commended’ in the North West ‘Regeneration’ category of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards 2016, which is the category showcasing “exceptional improvements to urban, rural and coastal areas”.

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Port Sunlight River Park

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Love Parks Awards (Diversity category) - March 2016

Our Managing Partners secured a Highly Commended award in the Diversity category of the Love Parks Awards 2016 for work at Liverpool Festival Gardens.

The Love Parks Awards celebrate groups that improve and protect green spaces. The award for diversity recognises groups that embrace the whole community and give a voice to multiple generations, ethnic minorities, those who are unemployed and ex-offenders.

At Liverpool Festival Gardens – owned by Liverpool City Council and managed on its behalf by the Land Trust in partnership with TCV – those who are unemployed can complete a month-long work experience placement with TCV to bolster their skills and experience in horticulture, the environment, construction and computers. TCV also collaborates with Merseyside probation to deliver community rehab once a week.

A wide diversity of age and ethnic groups volunteer for the gardens. TCV engages with local schools and colleges, where field trip students conduct activities such as habitat surveys, pond dipping, seed bombing, habitat management, small mammal trapping, habitat conservation and horticulture.

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Festival Gardens to May 2017

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2015


Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management Award - July 2015

The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) is the leading professional membership body representing and supporting ecologists and environmental managers. Its award scheme is all about recognising positive environmental and conservation impacts across the country.

The Countess of Chester County Park was honoured with a Highly Commended NGO (Non-governmental organisation) Impact prize at the recent Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

Since being opened to the public by the Duchess of Cornwall last September, the Upton-based site, next to the Countess of Chester Hospital, has already proved popular with residents, visitors, staff members and users of the hospitals.

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Countess of Chester Country Park

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Northumberland What's On Where (WOW) Awards - March 2015

Northumberlandia was named the Best Park/Community Area at Northumberland’s What’s on Where Awards 2015.

The awards scheme, organised by Johnston Press North East newspaper group, is a celebration of Northumberland’s leisure and tourism.

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Northumberlandia

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Staffordshire Country Council: Site of Biological Importance (SBI) - March 2015

A Site of Biological Importance (or SBI) is one of the non-statutory designations used locally by the Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Staffordshire County Councils in England to protect locally valued sites of biological diversity which are described generally as Local Wildlife Sites by the UK Government.

A section of Silverdale Country Park in Newcastle-Under-Lyme has been designated as a Site of Biological Importance (SBI).

The popular community venue, owned by open space management charity the Land Trust and managed by Groundwork West Midlands, was created on the former Silverdale Colliery as part of a restoration project funded by the Homes and Communities Agency.

Since being opened to the public, the site has provided a home for skylarks in spring time, a place for newts to flourish in the park’s pond and somewhere nationally scarce solitary bees and wasps have been sighted.

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Silverdale Country Park

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Chester Civic Trust New Years Honours - January 2015

The Countess of Chester Country Park was honoured with a Chester Civic Trust award for benefiting the built environment.

The Chester Civic Trust selected the public park as a benefactor of the Civic Trust’s awards scheme recognising changes to the built environment during the past 12 months.

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Countess of Chester Country Park

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2011


English Heritage Angel Award - November 2011

The historic Pleasley Pit was awarded an English Heritage Angel Award in November 2011, highlighting the Derbyshire site as the finest restored industrial building in the country.

The awards, which were launched and part funded by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber are probably the country’s most important heritage prize, they celebrate the work of individuals and groups who have saved a significant historic place that was at risk of being lost forever.

The award is deserved recognition for The Pleasley Pit Trust, who have worked tirelessly for over fifteen years on the restoration of the former colliery.

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Pleasley

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Brownfield Briefing Award, Best Use of Brownfield Land - October 2011

Beam Parklands in Dagenham has been recognised as the country’s top Brownfield site with a prestigious Brownfield Briefing award for the ‘Best Use of Landfill Or Brownfield Land’ in October 2011.

The judges at the Brownfield Briefing Awards recognised that the benefits delivered by Beam Parklands show clearly that the best use of Brownfield land does not necessarily mean development. What makes this wetland park special is that its primary function is as a flood defence and as such the land protects 570 residential properties, two primary schools, three social clubs and 63 industrial and commercial properties on its doorstep and downstream. However when it’s not flooded, which is the vast majority of the year, it is now a multifunctional open space that the community can use and where nature can thrive.

The Brownfield Briefing Awards have become the flagship event for the brownfield community, and is one of the highest industry accolades that a company can receive. The annual awards recognise technical and conceptual excellence in projects that have been underway over the past 12 months.

The awards are judged by an expert panel from numerous specialities, and new categories are added each year to reflect trends and developments in the industry.

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Beam Parklands

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Doncaster Environment Award - August 2011

Emily Holmes, the Community Ranger at Bentley Community Woodland, won a Doncaster Environment Award as the individual who has contributed most to improving and protecting her local environment.

Emily is one of a team of Forestry Commission rangers working work on six community woodlands in South Yorkshire with the support of the Land Trust. Emily works predominately at Bentley Community Woodland.

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Bentley Community Woodland

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CIWEM Living Wetlands Award - July 2011

Each year, CIWEM’s diverse range of awards honour projects and people making outstanding contributions to environmental management, whilst the Young Members’ Award gives us a glimpse into the future of the profession.

Beam Parklands was recognised as a multi-functional project that demonstrates the sustainable use of wetland habitats by CIWEM’s Living Wetlands Award in July 2011.

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Beam Parklands

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Green Flag Award - July 2011

The Green Flag Award® Scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces.

Weetslade Country Park, just north of Gosforth Park, is one of the best in the country – officially recognised by a Green Flag Award in July 2011.

Remarkably only five years go the park was a derelict pit tip on the former Weetslade Colliery. Last week the park received the Green Flag Award, a sign to visitors that the park is well-maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities.

Weetslade Country Park is managed by the wildlife charity and its team of volunteers on behalf of the Land Trust. Developed on the former pit heap of Weetslade Colliery, the shallow sloping sides of the hill contain areas of grassland, scrub and woodland. At the foot of the slopes to the west side of the site there are three developing reed beds, home to many common damselflies and dragonflies. Many birds are present on the site such as grey partridge, meadow pipit and skylark.

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Weetslade

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BTO-EDF Community Land Management Award - March 2011

The Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve received a top award from the British Trust for Ornithology in March 2011.

The nature reserve has been awarded first prize in the Community Category for Land Management sites in the BTO-EDF Energy Business Birds Challenge 2010, which aims to find the best business sites for birds, conservation and people in the UK

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Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve

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