Watermarks receive a Green Apple

Marilyn Smith of Wessex Water and Libby Symon of The Conservation Foundation receive their Green Apple award. November 2013Wessex Water has received an award in recognition of its environmental grant scheme which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

The company received the silver Green Apple Environmental Award for environmental best practice and sustainable development for its Watermark Award scheme at a ceremony at the House of Commons on Monday (11 November).

The Conservation Foundation have organised and judged the Watermark Awards since they began in 1993 and over 800 projects have received grants ranging from £150 to £1,500.  Schools, parish councils, volunteers and community organisations within the Wessex Water area have received funding and help for their environmental projects.

If all the projects that had benefitted from the Wessex Watermarks these past twenty years could have come to the Green Apple Awards at the House of Commons on Monday we would have filled the great entrance hall”. Said Libby Symon from The Conservation Foundation

“Wildlife ponds and wildflower meadows, rivers, canals, springs, wetland habitats, orchards and woodlands have all benefitted through community action supported by the Watermarks.  Applications from schools, volunteers, and charities are still coming in, proving that the Watermarks are as relevant now as when they were launched twenty years ago.”

Marilyn Smith, head of community relations at Wessex Water, said: “We are really pleased to receive recognition for our Watermark Award scheme which has benefited hundreds of different organisations in our region.

“Every year we see a variety of applications for many different projects and it is great to see so many people doing their bit for the environment.

“We hope our award scheme continues to encourage people to look after the world around them.”

For more information about the Watermark Award scheme or the Sustainable Watermarks, which have been launched to mark the project’s 20th anniversary, visit www.wessexwater.co.uk/watermark

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