Two Living Landscape awards were presented to Countrycare officers Nicola Rogers, Kevin Mason and Councillor Gary Waller Safer, Greener and Highways Portfolio Holder at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 31 July. The awards from the Essex Wildlife Trust were presented by Councillor Brian Rolfe, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council.
Afterwards, Councillor Waller said: “I’m delighted that Countrycare has received two Living Landscape awards from the Essex Wildlife Trust. These awards are part of a national initiative to create landscapes which provide enhanced conditions for wildlife to thrive. Ten awards were made for 2011-12 in Essex, and Epping Forest Countrycare received two of them. Epping Forest District Council is in fact the only council in Essex to receive an award and the only organisation of any kind to receive two.”
He continued: “Nicola Rogers’s project was for green hay strewning to enhance the floral diversity of a grassland site at Linders Field Local Nature Reserve, Buckhurst Hill, and Kevin Mason’s project involved the planting and traditional management of hedgerows at Weald Common Local Nature Reserve. Congratulations are due to both of them.”