July 22 2014 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
A project which encourages residents to play their part in protecting bees has won an award.
Seeds for Snaresbrook, run by the Wanstead and Woodford Friends of the Earth, took home the Project of the Year prize at the Earthmover Awards.
The ceremony celebrates the work of people across the Friends of the Earth network.
Seeds for Snaresbrook, part of the national organisation’s Bee Cause, was formed to encourage bees and other pollinators while reducing the use of herbicides.
Nearly 250 tree-pits in Snaresbrook ward have been sown with wildflower mixes by residents and Friends of the Earth members.
Diana Korchien, the coordinator of the Wanstead and Woodford branch, said: “This prestigious award was earned by everyone who worked to make our project a success.
“Wanstead and Woodford Friends of the Earth owe a big thank you to the wonderful people of Snaresbrook who showed such enthusiasm and commitment to protecting bees and adorning our tree-pits with flowers.”
The director of Friends of the Earth, Andy Atkins, told the group: “Congratulations in recognition of your innovative campaigning, passion and achievement towards our vision for a just and sustainable world.”
The next sowing will take place early this autumn. To take part visit foe.co.uk/groups/wanstead/index.html or write to 77 Gordon Road, Wanstead, E11 2RA.