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Climate change action recognised at the Green Heart Hero Awards

A Green Heart Hero Awards ceremony took place in Parliament on 11 March. The awards recognise the achievements of individuals and groups taking action to combat climate change. We were delighted to see some of our supporters and volunteers nominated, and to be up for an award ourselves!

What are the Green Heart Hero Awards?

The awards celebrate those working hard to create a cleaner, more secure future for our communities and beyond. The ceremony marked the end of this year’s #ShowTheLove campaign,   which encourages all of us to be active and vocal for the places, people and life we want to protect from climate change. The campaign is run by The Climate Coalition - as a member, we join in every year.

Once again, our president Clive Anderson hosted the awards. An incredible audience attended, including many MPs, Climate Minister Claire Perry, sport and business leaders, TV personalities and inspirational community members.

Our president, Clive Anderson, hosted the awards (Photo: The Climate Coalition)
Our president, Clive Anderson, hosted the awards (Photo: The Climate Coalition)

A nomination for Heartwood Forest

We were especially excited for this year’s Green Heart Hero Awards as our very own Heartwood Forest was a nominee! The outdoor innovation category looks for the most sustainable and exciting use of outdoor space.

In 2018, we completed ten years of planting at Heartwood, near St Albans in Hertfordshire, by putting the 600,000th tree in the ground. We were grateful for the nomination, but the biggest reward is the wildlife already on show and flourishing at the site. Bigger populations and more species can now be found at Heartwood, including a wealth of birds, bats and butterflies.

Recognition for volunteers

Roger Parkinson, a long-time volunteer speaker for the Trust, was rewarded with a nomination for his dedication to trees and woods. He was pleased to meet his local MP, Mary Creagh, who had been nominated for an award herself. Ms Creagh later tweeted a photo of them together.

Street Tree Arts Sheffield (STARTS) Tree Charter Branch and Street Tree group were also up for an award. Their hard work campaigning for trees in Sheffield saw them shortlisted in the inspirational community project category.

Celebrating green MPs

We were also really pleased to see nominations for two MPs that work closely with us.

Lord Framlingham was put forward for the greenest peer award. He is a committed champion of our campaign work to protect ancient woods and veteran trees, especially from the damage of HS2. We’re grateful for all his hard work and support for woods and trees.

Angela Smith MP was up for the lifetime achievement award. This celebrates MPs who have shaped the UK’s climate outlook and championed action on climate change at Westminster. Ms Smith is a long-time Woodland Trust member and vice chair of our All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ancient Woodland and Veteran Trees. The group next meets on 20 March - find out more and ask your MP to attend.

Get involved and lobby your MP!

Following the awards, we’re turning our attention to ‘The Time is Now’ mass lobby on 26 June. It’s organised by Greener UK and The Climate Coalition - we’re a member of both. This huge event is an opportunity to come to Westminster and lobby your MP on the environment and on climate.

Join thousands of other like-minded people to tell our politicians it’s time to act on climate change and the state of the UK’s nature. Meet your MP and tell them why fighting climate change and having a robust Environment Bill matters to you. Ask them to take positive action for our woods, trees and the environment.

Save the date now and keep your eyes peeled for more information. We hope to see you there on 26 June.

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