Friends Wins 2018 Norfolk Community Biodiversity Churchyards and Cemeteries Award

The Friends committee is very pleased and proud to let you know that The Friends has won the above award, which was presented on Tuesday 16th July by the sponsors at a ceremony held at The Abbey Conference Centre in Norwich.

The Norfolk Community Biodiversity Partnership offers awards which “celebrate groups and individuals whose voluntary efforts lead to improvements for biodiversity and to greater community engagement with local nature sites. Winning an award is a recognised accolade for efforts to improve the local environment.”

Receiving the Award on behalf of The friends, Joyce Burtenshaw confirmed that managing the churchyards at Hemblington has been a combined effort over many years with groups including Blofield & District Conservation Group (BADCOG), Bure Valley Conservation Group, Friends of All Saints, members of the congregation, Duke of Edinburgh award scheme volunteers and many others all contributing their time, knowledge and experience to make the churchyards a haven for a large variety of wild flowers as well as safe habitats for birds, bees, butterflies and mammals. A huge vote of thanks also goes to the officers of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, for their energy, enthusiasm, knowledge and training sessions which have inspired many to become involved in such projects.

A link to an article in the EDP is: http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/farming/norfolk-community-biodiversity-awards-winners-2018-1-5611953