Community group in hunt for green award

A COMMUNITY group from Caistor has made it to the final of the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards.

Sustainable Caistor has been shortlisted in the best community award category for its work to create a greener, more sustainable future for the town.

The group – which is interested in renewable energy, local food, greener transport and local wildlife – is making a presentation to a panel of judges, chaired by renowned environmentalist Professor David Bellamy, at Lincoln’s Bentley Hotel today,Wednesday, July 4.

The judges of the green award scheme have been visiting entrants and were impressed with four key Sustainable Caistor projects.

The group runs a wildlife survey which encourages anyone who spots interesting wildlife to get in touch – more than 850 different species have been spotted over the past three years.

It has restored an area of land in the town and worked with Caistor in Bloom to plant fruit trees to create a community orchard.

The group has also created a series of nature walks and has given out 700 leaflets in just two months.

Sustainable Caistor chairman Peter Sanderson said: “We’re really pleased to reach the final – it’s a great honour.

“It was a nice surprise – when you apply you just don’t know what’s going to happen.”

The Lincolnshire Environmental Awards, organised by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and Lindum Rotary Club, will see Sustainable Caistor go head to head with two other community groups – the Lincolnshire Firewood Fair, which promotes the effective use of local firewood from sustainably managed woodland as an energy source, and Real Nappy Champions, a volunteer-run campaign to promote the use of reusable nappies.

Other categories include the best business award and the best farm/rural enterprise award, with finalists from across Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.