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Non-Native Plants Project Shortlisted for Environmental Pioneer Award

Catherine Chatters, the New Forest Non-Native Plants Officer, is delighted that The New Forest Non-Native Plants Project has been shortlisted for one of the Environment Agency’s 2010 Environmental Pioneer Awards.

 
 
Catherine Chatters (Hampshire Wildlife Trust) and Tim Sykes (Environment Agency)2
PRLog - Nov. 25, 2010 - SOUTHAMPTON, U.K. -- Catherine Chatters, the New Forest Non-Native Plants Officer, is delighted that The New Forest Non-Native Plants Project has been shortlisted for one of the Environment Agency’s 2010 Environmental Pioneer Awards.

The winners were announced at the Environment Agency’s environment10 conference at Central Hall in Westminster on Wednesday 24 November where Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, was guest speaker.

In nominating the Project for the Environment Agency Staff Award for Environmental Achievement, Tim Sykes of the Environment Agency’s office in Romsey, said “Oozing enthusiasm, Catherine Chatters proves that enhancing the environment is as much about people as it is about nature”.

Catherine, who works for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, agrees that the success of the New Forest Non-Native Plants Project has definitely been due to strong partnerships with the large number of people who have got involved with the project. “I have been thrilled with the positive response we’ve had from all sorts of people who have wanted to help stop the spread of non-native invasive plants in the New Forest area”.

Landowners have recognised the need to take urgent action to tackle invasive plants on their land, particularly along the Forest’s river banks. Hundreds of people have voluntarily given up their time to help with the massive task of pulling up Himalayan balsam this summer before their ‘explosive’ seed pods ripen. Students and graduates from Southampton University have also played a critical role as volunteers by carrying out surveys and monitoring the effectiveness of herbicide treatment to control invasive plans such as parrot’s feather and American skunk cabbage. Dozens of local naturalists and members of the public have submitted their records of non-native invasive plants to help Catherine prioritise action on the ground.

If you are interested in getting involved with the New Forest Non-Native Plants Project please see http://www.hwt.org.uk/pages/new-forest-non-native-plants-... or contact Catherine at catherinec@hwt.org.uk

The 2010 Environmental Pioneer Awards (the Environment Agency’s inaugural green awards) are dedicated to recognising organisations and individuals leading the way in environmental performance. One of 8 award categories, the Environment Agency staff award for environmental achievement is awarded for ‘outstanding achievements of an organisation or individual on environmental issues’. Environment Agency staff have nominated and voted for those that ‘consistently lead the way in their environmental ambition and performance’.

The three nominations for the Environment Agency Staff Award for Environmental Achievement were:-
•   New Forest Non-Native Plants Project
•   The Transition Network
•   Co-operative Group
The New Forest Non-Native Plants Project is jointly funded by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission, Natural England, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the New Forest National Park Authority who are contributing financially from core funds and the Sustainable Development Fund.

For further information please contact:
Catherine Chatters, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, 02380 424205, 07770 923315, catherinec@hwt.org.uk

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The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust strives to create a better future for wildlife and wild places in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  It is the leading wildlife charity in the counties of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and is part of a nationwide network of 47 local charities. We work together to create a better future for wildlife and wild places in the UK. With the support of our 28,000 members, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Trust is taking effective action to protect our natural heritage, helping it to flourish again. Find out more at www.hwt.org.uk

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The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is a charity that works to protect wildlife and wild places. We manage over 50 wildlife reserves which are some of the most important wildlife sites in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

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