Saltholme reserve wins lottery top prize

Bill Oddie presents the award to staff at Saltholme Bill Oddie presents the award to staff at Saltholme

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Saltholme wildlife reserve has received the top prize for its education work in the National Lottery Awards 2012.

The park's Lifelong Learning project was voted top in a public vote to decide the best entry in the education category.

The awards are part of an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects.

The team, which says the Lottery funding is "vital", will receive a £2,000 cash prize for the project.

The award will be given to key members of staff, live on BBC One on Saturday night, as part of a gala event.

Caroline Found, Saltholme's lifelong learning manager, said: "We are thrilled to have won this prestigious award. It is such a fantastic accolade for the team and everyone who has been involved in the project.

"Lottery funding has been vital in helping us give so many local people the opportunity to learn about the amazing wildlife we have in the industrial heart of the Tees Valley. The recognition of the value of the project is the icing on the cake."

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