Groups urged to enter the 2013 Lincolnshire Environmental Awards
Schools, farms, community groups and businesses are being urged to put themselves forward for the 2013 Lincolnshire Environmental Awards.
Entry into the competition, which celebrates sustainability in the county, was opened this month.
The well-known environmentalist David Bellamy will lead the judging panel before handing over the awards on Wednesday, July 3.
Organisers say they are looking for projects that make "a positive contribution to the environment".
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This can be through a variety of measures, including protecting wildlife, reducing pollution, educating others or saving resources.
Roger Pavey, chairman of the organising committee, said the event was a good chance for children and business people to showcase their achievements.
He said: "We're looking for anything that is going to enhance the environment, anything that is going to reduce the use of resources or something that's going to recycle materials.
"For businesses in particular, we're looking at how they are using new technology. And for community projects we're looking at how the community has got involved."
Now in its 21st year, the awards are looking for entrants in four categories, including the best business, best community and best farm or rural enterprise.
The Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award is also up for grabs for people under the age of 16, with schools, youth projects, scout or guide groups and individuals all encouraged to apply.
Applicants can be from Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire or North East Lincolnshire.
People have until Tuesday, April 30, to enter the competition, which is organised by the Rotary Club of Lindum Lincoln and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
Judges will then contact or visit all entrants, before the finalists make a presentation on finals night.
The panel will then make a decision ahead of the announcements in the evening.
The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's Rachel Shaw said the process gave children the chance to learn and develop a range of skills.
She said: "We ask children to get involved in presentations about their projects to the judges and it's a really nice experience for them.
"The room is packed and there is a nice buzz about it, and they get excited about who is going to win."
Past winners have included village community groups that have created wildlife areas, schools that have grown their own vegetables, built recycled bottle greenhouses and bug palaces, and farmers who have restored and planted hedges, and created wetlands.
Last year, the overall winner was construction firm Gelder Group, which introduced a number of measures and initiatives to help it get nearer to its aim of becoming carbon neutral.
Submissions must include a 200 to 300-word description of the project, together with a covering letter including a contact name, phone number and e-mail address.
Enter online at www.lincsenvironmentalawards.org.uk or by post at: Lincolnshire Environmental Awards, c/o Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Banovallum House, Manor House Street, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, LN9 5HF.