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West Berkshire schools receive prizes for their conservation projects

PUBLISHED: 12:08 15 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:08 15 September 2014

Presentation time at Englefield for the winners

Presentation time at Englefield for the winners

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Two outstanding schools in West Berkshire have received deserved prizes for their environmental conservation projects.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire, Dr Christina Hill Williams DL, joined CPRE Trustees (Campaign to Protect Rural England) at Englefield to present cheques and certificates through the Dorothy Morley Conservation Award, which reflects the aspirations of a dedicated conservationist Dorothy Morley, who died in 1995. She was a strong campaigner on rural issues, being Chairman of Newbury & Hungerford District for the CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) and serving on the West Berkshire Committee of BBOWT, the local Wildlife Trust for several years.

First Prize of £1,000 went to Stockcross CE (Aided) Primary School for their ‘Conservation Area’ project. A delighted party of headteacher Mrs Florence Rostron Mrs Jodie Croysdill, Ms Cornelia Prinkert (Conservation Area Working Party); and year 5 pupils Elizabeth White and Megan Vaughan-Birch attended.

Second Prize of £500 was awarded to Mrs Bland’s Infant & Primary School at Burghfield Common for their ‘Our Forest School Experience’ project. Those attending the presentation were teaching assistant Mrs Christine Harrison with pupils James Trust and Lana Louise Denning, both seven.

CPRE Branch Secretary, Gloria Keene MBE, said: “We believe it is important to run the Award for Schools as we are keen to reach the next generation and increase awareness of the landscape, countryside and its values and inspire future generations.”

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