| Blooming Marvellous Award for the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project
The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project has scooped another award for its conservation and education programme.
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Colin Smith, presented the project steering group with the Royal Horticultural Society Sutton Seed Cup for ‘an outstanding area of nature conservation’.
The Lord Mayor commented, “It’s marvellous that this Bristol project has received such an accolade. With its iconic landscape, wonderful variety of wildlife and awe-inspiring geology, the Avon Gorge and Downs are one of Bristol’s most important and best loved locations. The effort that goes into looking after this site is tremendous so we’re very pleased and proud to get this award”.
Chris Westcott from Natural England explains further, “The Project steering group were delighted to receive this award. We’re a strong and dynamic partnership of organisations (including Bristol City Council, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Downs Committee, Natural England , University of Bristol, Downs Committee and the Society of Merchant Venturers) . Over the last 11 years we’ve worked hard to develop our programme of wildlife monitoring, habitat management and education work. It’s great that our work has been recognised in this way”.
“The Avon Gorge and Downs are always an amazing highlight of the Britain in Bloom judging tour”, remarked Mike Crook, Chairman of the Bristol in Bloom Community Association. “This award is recognition of just how important a part the Gorge and Downs are to the health of the flora and fauna of Bristol”.