TIME TO PRAISE YOUNG PEOPLE
Do you know young people who truly care for their environment?
The Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group[MWHG] is seeking nominations for the Eileen Savill Award. This is a new 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 towards practical conservation work or learning about the wildlife and/or heritage of the area or celebrating it through art, photography, writing etc. 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
- 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 commemorative trophy and a prize chosen to support the winner’s activities. The presentation will take place in September, 2014.
Last year’s winner, Stephanie Robinson, was nominated for her volunteering with the education department at Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve. The runners up were Joshua Dobbins: recognised for his practical work for wildlife in Sidlesham, and The Spaceman Community Project: a group improving East Beach play area.
MWHG will be 17 years old this year. During this time it has received both local and national awards for its success in engaging people in action for local wildlife and heritage, as well as its educational work.
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.
Nomination forms can be downloaded here: Nomination form – 2014
or are available from
Joe Savill – 01243 607104.
Completed forms should be returned to Joe Savill, 28 Vincent Road, Selsey, West Sussex. PO20 9DQ firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for entries is Thursday 31st July, 2014