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Trust launches 2010 green awards

SHETLAND Amenity Trust has invited local people to nominate candidates for their 22nd annual Shetland Environmental Awards.

No specific categories have been set out for this year’s awards, but the aim is to acknowledge projects that demonstrate sustainability, innovation and best practice in the conservation and enhancement of the islands’ environment.

Business, community groups, individuals, youth projects, schools and larger organisations are all invited to apply.

Projects could be concerned with matters such as 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.

Last year’s winners were awarded for activities including access projects, recycling initiatives, promotion of biodiversity, sustainable design, heritage developments, the care of sick and injured wildlife, greener business initiatives and the creation of wildlife habitats.

The awards are once again being sponsored by the major players within the environment sector in Shetland, including Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Shetland Islands Council, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Shetland Civic Society, VisitShetland and Shetland Amenity Trust.

Shetland Environment Group Brian Gregson chairman said: “Every year the group looks forward to the awards – we just never know what is going to come in. There may be established local projects, exciting community initiatives, innovative new ideas, individuals who have gone that extra mile or businesses striving to lower their environmental impact.

“Sometimes there are projects which may come as a complete surprise and we would encourage everyone who has undertaken relevant projects throughout 2010, including statutory organisations and business, to apply.

The trust is encouraging electronic applications and application packs can be requested through info@shetlandamenity.org. Paper application packs are available from the trust offices at Garthspool, Lerwick, or by phoning 01595 694688.

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