Prizes announced in Telford & Wrekin Council’s Big Green Vote
The winner of a wildlife hamper, donated by garden wildlife specialist CJ Wildlife, has been announced as part of Telford & Wrekin Council’s Big Green Vote along with winners of native wildflower seed packets.
To help celebrate Telford’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Telford & Wrekin Council put up 96 council-owned sites for consideration as part of the Big Green Vote. Residents were then encouraged to vote for their favourite areas called ‘Green Guarantee’ sites.
All 96 sites have now been protected though the Green Guarantee and the top 52 are soon to be awarded an equal share in a Legacy Fund of £52,000 following rounds of consultations.
More than 800 individuals registered and were entered into the prize draw and casted 1,825 votes, posted photographs and left comments about their favourite green spaces. The hamper includes hedgehog food and a feeding bowl, a bird box, bird feeder and bird seed. The sponsor CJ Wildlife has more than 30 years of experience in researching and developing products to help people attract, care for and enjoy the wide variety of wildlife in their gardens.
To help add a splash of colour to the gardens and window boxes of residents’ homes and provide a much needed boost for pollinating insects, everyone who voted will receive a native wildflower pack. The aim is to create mini ‘nectar banks’ at people’s homes for pollinating insects to re-fuel as they travel through the borough helping to increase biodiversity.
Telford and Wrekin’s private domestic gardens cover an area equivalent to approximately 1,300 football pitches and the winners will help create a ‘nectar network’ across this area equivalent in size to a traditional wildflower meadow.
Councillor Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for housing and enforcement said: “These prizes will help attract new life, add extra colour to people’s homes and give a much needed boost to the birds, hedgehogs, butterflies and bees that use our gardens, many of which are in decline.
“The Big Green Vote raised awareness of the green spaces we have in Telford. It’s the first time we have run the consultation through a vote and we found it a much more interactive way to learn about how people see the green spaces around them. I’d urge everyone to explore where the Green Guarantee sites are.”
The Big Green Vote is funded from Telford & Wrekin Council’s £2m Telford 50 Legacy Fund that supports a mix of physical schemes as well as other projects that help tackle key social issues in the borough and reduce demand on council services.
The prize draw took place on Friday, 20 July 2018. Winners will be contacted by email with a formal announcement made at Full Council on Thursday 26 July 2018. Details can be found here and to learn where the Green Guarantee sites are near you visit https://biggreenvote.telford.gov.uk/