To introduce the new Best Naturally Green (Biophilic) Scheme category, the Making Birmingham Greener & Healthier Awards were launched at the Small Heath EcoPark earlier this month.

This new category is open to applications from people or organisations that have made space  for nature and introduced schemes to protect wildlife and increase biodiversity; improved access to green living spaces; are involved in growing projects; have found natural solutions to flood risk management and are generally connecting with the natural environment.

The other 4 categories covering waste and recycling; energy efficiency; greener & healthier lifestyles and the Birmingham Connected Sustainable Travel Award are also inviting entries from businesses, community groups and education establishments across the city.

We like the focus of all this, and welcome its celebration, knowing that this will encourage more of it.  We hope that the entries will all contain an emphasis on what has been learned, and look forward to seeing how schools have been involved in all the activity that has been carried out as, that way, more people can share in that learning.  Application forms are available from the Making Birmingham Greener website, and the closing date for entries is next week on May 31st

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