Minety Pre-School is the second project to receive a Sustainable Watermark since these Awards were launched by Wessex Water to celebrate twenty years of Watermarks. Steven Coombs, Assistant Controller at Wessex Water presented the teachers and children with their Sustainable Watermark Award and cheque for £400 on Wednesday 12 February.
Minety Pre-School are winners of both a Silver and Silver Gilt for their gardens in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 2012 and 2013. They are currently choosing the plants and planning the design for their 2014 entry and are hoping for a Gold Medal. Along with their gardening activities Minety is also part of the National Forest Schools project and places great value on outdoor learning and making the most of their outdoor space.
“With such great facilities we are looking at ways to use less water and to make our garden and outdoor space more self sufficient” said Stuart Jackson the Pre-School’s Forest School Leader. “Recycling rainwater is the most practical way to do this and winning a Sustainable Watermark will give us the funding to buy four large water butts to collect rainwater from our roofs and several watering kits. Needless to say we are delighted with our Award and will be setting up the butts as soon as possible, as come the growing season, keeping everything watered will be one of our priorities.”
The Watermark Award provides funds for environmental projects within the Wessex Water area. Now in its twentieth year, it has supported over 900 environmental initiatives. Organised by The Conservation Foundation, all projects are judged by a panel chaired by its President - David Bellamy.
This year the Watermark Award scheme is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To mark the event Wessex Water has launched a special award to specifically support water conservation projects in the region.
The Sustainable Watermark will run through 2014 and there is £10,000 to give away to groups across the region – with single projects able to secure up to £2,000.
For more information, or to apply for a Watermark, or Sustainable Watermark award visit: www.wessexwater.co.uk/watermark