Harwich-based Teen Talk Wildlife Group were announced as worthy winners of the inaugural Environment Initiative Award at last night’s Tendring Youth Awards held in Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea.
Sponsored by Galloper, the green-focussed award was introduced this year to celebrate an individual or group (aged 8-21) who has significantly contributed to improving or caring for the environment.
Since being established four years ago, Teen Talk Wildlife Group has engaged more than 90 young people in a wide range of projects to help local wildlife to thrive. The group has created habitats, completed environmental surveys and conducted its own research into the wildlife of the local area.
Galloper’s Asset Scheduler, Colleen Owens and Production Manager, Kieron Drew attended the event to present the winners with their award and also a bursary from Galloper to enable them to continue and develop their environmental work into the future.
“It was a really positive evening and such a great initiative to celebrate the achievements and initiatives of some great local young people,” Colleen said. “We were thrilled the Galloper green award was won by such an inspirational group and look forward to following their progress on future environmental initiatives.”
The Tendring Youth Awards aim to promote a positive image of young people and highlight and celebrate their successes and their commitment to the community, in and around the Tendring area. Last night’s winners were all aged between 8 and 21, with awards being presented to both individuals and groups.
Along with the Environmental Initiative Award, the other categories were: Volunteer; Arts; Community Improvement; Young Carer; Learning Achievement; Outstanding Achievement; Personal Journey; Unsung Hero and the Committee Award chosen from those short-listed that stands out for special acknowledgement.