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Green Apple Awards Winner

03 December 19

Green Apple Awards Winner

We’re proud to announce that we’ve been awarded a Green Apple for our partnership approach to biodiversity management.

On Monday 25 November, we were named ‘Silver Winners’ for our Partnership approach - connecting people and wildlife that showcases our achievements in environmental best practice.

Asset Manager (Biodiversity & Ecosystems Services) Becky Pointer and Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust People and Wildlife Officer Josh Kalms collected the award at the celebratory ceremony in the Houses of Parliament.

 

How have we worked together?

Here are some of our key environmental projects

  • In Summer 2018, we completed a kingfisher nesting bank at Stocker’s Lake, and we look forward to our first nesting pair
  • Several small ponds and a large discovery dipping pond have been created promoting greater biodiversity at Stocker’s Lake and educating and inspiring school children and visitors
  • A wetland flower discovery area has been developed, enabling visitors to learn about wildlife at Stocker’s Lake
  • Springwell reedbed transects are cut annually to benefit wildlife and passers-by
  • Work at Oilfield Park Reservoir continues to improve biodiversity (record numbers of bats and birds have been recorded following this management).

 

We are also benefitting our community:

  • More than 3,500 people from the local community have taken part in volunteering and events
  • We have seen an increase in Affinity Days (employee volunteering days) at our sites
  • Our stakeholder engagement has improved as we deliver more projects through schools and the Education Centre and hold more public events at our sites.

 

Asset Manager (Biodiversity & Ecosystems Services) at Affinity water said: “The award is a great recognition of collaborative work with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust over the past three years. We can now see some tangible benefits to both the environment, the local community and our people. The collaboration with the Trust helps connect people and wildlife and not only brings teams together but also helps on the ground deliver the work that is needed to improve the habitats on our sites.”

Josh Kalms, People and Wildlife Officer (Affinity Water sites) at the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust said: “It has been very exciting to be involved in this project. My work at the three nature reserves provides an opportunity for people to have close-up experiences with nature and be inspired to take action themselves to conserve wildlife for the future. Having Affinity Water employees volunteer every month is also contributing to the site management and demonstrates real commitment and understanding of the importance of managing the site both for people and wildlife.”

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