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Four green guardians from the region are giving barn owls a helping hand after being successfully nominated for an eco-award by the Forestry Commission.
Fourteen year old Isabel Randall and sister Amy, 16, from Retford, and Harvey Martin, 12, and his 10 year old brother Roscoe, from Alfreton, won a £1,000 prize from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for their outstanding commitment to helping the environment.
For the past few years they have worked with Forestry Commission community rangers on rustic projects in Nottinghamshire leaning about nature and carrying out conservation tasks like brash clearing and tree planting.
With their cash winnings they opted to support five worthwhile projects worldwide, from preserving the Amazon to helping Orang-utans in Africa.
But they also earmarked cash and time to construct three barn owl boxes to be erected in the Forestry Commission’s 114 hectare Bevercotes Pit Wood, near Elkesley, Notts.
The wood - being nurtured on a former colliery site - has flourished since being planted in 1999 and has become a haven for owls and other wildlife.
Adrienne Bennett, Ecologist with the Forestry Commission, said:
"The kids have done a fine job and erecting nesting boxes is one of the best ways of encouraging the local owl population. It's heart-warming to see young people taking such an interest in the natural world and they thoroughly deserve their recognition. By their efforts we hope to see the local barn owl population get a further boost."
All the children are self-taught by their parents. The barn owl boxes, made out of plywood, have now been erected in Bevercotes Pit Wood ready for use.
Notes to Editor
- Green Guardians Awards are Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s way to encourage and reward the county’s environmental heroes. To date over £50,000 has been handed out to local environmental projects. For more visit http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/jobs/volunteer-green-guardians-awards-co-ordinators
- Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. To find out more got to www.forestry.gov.uk/EastMidlands
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