This year’s Eileen Savill Award for young people received so many fantastic nominations, that the judges decided to select 5 winners! The annual award, now in its 8th year, was created to celebrate young people, 25 years and under, who make a positive impact to the environment in their local area. The judges were looking to commend individuals who had taken part in activities including: practical conservation work, learning about the wildlife or heritage of the Manhood Peninsula, celebrating the local area through art, photography or writing, or campaigning on environmental issues that affect the area.
On November 22nd, 30 friends and family of the winners and members of the Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group (MWHG) met at the Selsey Centre to cheer them on and celebrate their efforts. Chichester District Council (CDC) Environmental Portfolio Holder, Councillor Penny Plant, presented their prizes. Following the award ceremony, Penny shared upcoming measures that CDC will undertake to reduce our negative impact on the environment, including plans to introduce food waste collection and recycling, directly from homes. She also explained the challenges of managing pollution within the Chichester area, such as the removal of fly tipped waste, which costs the council £350,000 every year.
Overall winner and under 16 age group winner: Kathryn Toms, age 9, nominated by Robyn Thwaites (Tawny Owl), from the 2nd Selsey Brownie Pack.
Kathryn won the special award for regularly collecting litter on her route to school and encouraging her friends to keep their playing fields tidy. Also, Kathryn showed great activism by posting a photo of her full litter bag on the Selsey Community Facebook page to highlight the issue, as well as contacting the local authorities with concerns about plastic recycling. This resulted in an invitation for Kathryn and her Brownie pack to tour the recycling plant to learn more.
Group Award: Pagham Seals RSPB Young Explorers Group (ages 7 to 13), nominated by George Carney.
Joint Winner over 16 Group: Luke Parham volunteer for the RSPB, nominated by Steve Webster Manager, from RSPB Pagham Harbour.
Joint winner over 16 Group: Rachel Horton, volunteer with MWHG’s FLOW Project. Nominated by FLOW Project Leader, Jane Reeve.
Highly Commended: children from Year 4 Medmerry School, nominated by their teacher, Nick Ford.
The MWHG is excited to see how these individuals continue to campaign for the environment. Read about how last year’s winner, Hugh, has continued to volunteer and has even started his own business from his passion for birding, here on our blog.
The Eileen Savill annual Award was created by her family in 2012 to commemorate her work with young people, helping them overcome difficulties in their education and build on their strengths. She was a founder member of the Group and contributed artwork for many MWHG publications in order to celebrate the wildlife and heritage of the Manhood Peninsula.
This award is made possible thanks to our sponsor, Vitacress.