Eileen Savill Award 2019

Eileen Savill Award 2019: [Back row, L to R] Ben (volunteer for Brent Lodge), Hugh (overall winner and volunteer for RSPB), [front row] [left] Joe Savill (Chairman of MWHG), [centre] Luke (from the Academy Selsey), [right] Chris Drake (FLOW Project Field Officer), [remaining four, left to right] Tiffany, Katie, Millie and Maddie (group from the Academy Selsey)
© Nicola Timney November 2018

Do you know young people who truly care for their environment?

The Eileen Savill Award 2019

Has there ever been a better time to praise young people? All around the world they are taking a stand to ensure their future, and that of the planet, by demanding action on climate change and biodiversity loss.

The Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group [MWHG] is again seeking nominations for the Eileen Savill Award. This is an annual award for young people, under 25 years of age, who contribute to the conservation or celebration of the landscape, wildlife or heritage of the Manhood Peninsula, or help others learn about this special place.

The award is open to individuals or groups who have shown enthusiasm and commitment in one or more of these areas:
• Practical conservation work
• Learning about the wildlife and/or heritage of the area
• Celebrating it through art, photography, writing etc
• Campaigning on environmental issues that affect the area

Those nominated do not have to live on the Manhood Peninsula but their activities must relate to it.

Examples of actions meriting nomination could include:

• Setting up a wildlife garden
• Organising or taking part in an environmental campaign
• Tackling plastic pollution
• Working for a Green Group or Gardening Club in school
• Taking part in survey work
• Regular volunteering for an environmental or heritage group
• Keeping a nature diary or records of sightings
• Helping to clean up an area
• A research project
• Helping others to understand more about their local heritage or wildlife
• Leading practical conservation tasks
• Writing, art or photography inspired by local landscapes, wildlife or heritage

We welcome nominations for individuals, family groups, children/students at school, college or university, cubs, scouts, brownies, guides, members of other youth groups as well as members of conservation or history/heritage groups. Previous nominees may be nominated again.

The winner of the award will receive a locally hand-crafted trophy and a prize chosen to support the winner’s activities. The presentation will take place in the autumn.

Eileen Savill lived in Selsey for almost 50 years and devoted her life to encouraging young people by teaching for 23 years at Manhood School [now The Academy, Selsey]. She always saw the potential in young people and nurtured it, even when others had written certain young people off. She was a founder member of the MWHG and contributed artwork and photographs to many of the group’s publications. Eileen loved the area and was passionate about preserving and celebrating its heritage. She was also an active volunteer in many of Selsey’s groups, including the RNLI and Camera Club. She spent her life giving.

Do you know a budding Greta Thunberg or someone with a similar passion for preserving our green planet?

Nomination forms can downloaded and submitted online [below] or be posted to Joe Savill, 28 Vincent Road, Selsey, West Sussex. PO20 9DQ

Contact details required for this competition are used solely to carry out administrative duties for the “Eileen Savill Award 2019” and will only be held for as long as necessary to provide this service. You may well be contacted for further details if the person/group you nominated is shortlisted for the award.

Deadline for entries is Wednesday 31st July 2019

Download a nomination form 

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