Against the backdrop of the recent UN Climate Conference COP26, our wonderful planet and its precious resources are very much on our minds at this time. Here at The Greensand Trust we are committed to tackling the climate emergency and hope to inspire others to get involved, but we’re also keen that young people who are already actively involved in protecting the local environment are rightly recognised and celebrated through our Greensand Champions Awards where we celebrate locals groups, schools and individuals as Greensand Champions for their positive environmental action.

What's a Greensand Champion?

The Greensand Trust in partnership with Greensand Country is looking for Greensand Champions - groups or individual young people who are doing something amazing for the Greensand Country environment.

We want to hear what young people are doing and give them the recognition they deserve as our ‘Greensand Champions’ joining our digital Hall of Fame and receiving a Greensand Champions seed bomb.

A Greensand Champion could be, for example, a young person who:

- Offers ongoing support for a local environmental group or cause

- Undertakes proactive habitat enhancement in the Greensand Country landscape area taking action against climate change

- Understands, campaigns and shares information relating to the unique Greensand Country landscape and its vulnerability to climate change and other factors

Award Categories

Young people from Greensand Country can become a Greensand Champion – you can nominate yourself or someone you feel deserves recognition for the great environmental work they are doing. Entries are open in the following three categories:

  • Individuals aged 10 and under
  • Individuals aged 11 – 18yrs
  • Groups e.g. schools, uniformed groups, youth groups

One overall winner will be chosen in each category by a panel of judges and named as Greensand Champion overall winner in March 2022. Last year's winner Clophill Preschool were selected as they refill water bottles, compost waste and collect rainwater to save resources and look out for wildlife on their local walks when they’re not busy growing fruit and vegetables to eat on their allotment.

You can enter or nominate someone you feel fits the bill using this entry form – entries close at the end of January.

Erika Pratt, Education Co-ordinator at The Greensand Trust, who is leading the scheme, commented:

We need our young people to know that every action, large or small, can help us live more sustainably and protect both Greensand Country and our planet, for the future. Greensand Champions aims to celebrate positive environmental action by supporting the achievements of those young people who are already committed and involved and challenge ourselves and others to do more - together we can really make a difference and help improve our local environment.

    Please submit your entry to the Greensand Champions Scheme 2021/22 to [email protected] before 31st January 2022. Full details of the scheme including many examples of what makes a Greensand Champion and application/nomination form are available here.