National Trust for Jersey wins top conservation award

Image caption The prize money will be used to renovate two bird hides in St Ouen.

The National Trust for Jersey won the top prize at a conservation awards ceremony.

The judging panel said the conservation project run by the trust, at La Mielle des Morville, should win because of its focus on involving the community.

The Trust said it would use the £2,000 prize to renovate two bird hides at a wetland project in St Ouen's Bay.

Peter Walpole, chairman of the judging panel, said the standard of entries was particularly high this year.

Entries included the JSPCA, Durrell and Jersey Trees for Life.

"My fellow judges and I found it very difficult to decide on a winner this year as there are so many worthy projects," he said.

"This beautiful and precious area of land is a valuable breeding ground for certain species of bird and the money will be spent to make the visitor experience to this area more informative and pleasurable through the renovation of two bird hides."

The annual awards have been going for 21 years.

The Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Group received a special award.

The judges said they were particularly impressed by the work Dru Burdon and the other volunteers put into the hedgehog rescue centre.

Mr Walpole said: "They rely so much on donations and bequests and we agreed it would be wonderful to recognise their commitment and enthusiasm with a cheque for £500."

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