Downing College Cambridge scooped the award for Best Wildlife Garden at Work 2019. Since last year’s highly commended entry, staff have worked hard to implement a host of new features and improvements for wildlife such as meadow areas, feeders and diverse planting. The College demonstrates a real commitment to creating an environment for the benefit of the whole college community, as well as the visiting and residential wildlife.

Downing College also won the category of Best Use of Recycled Materials for Wildlife at Work. Their beautifully crafted bug hotel perfectly shows that objects can not only be given a new lease of life but can also be incredibly useful. The attractive structure would complement any outdoor space and will no doubt support a wide variety of insects.

The awards were made at Downing College Cambridge, where the Master's wife Vicky Ambery-Smith welcomed the team. The Trust's Corporate Partnerships Development Manager Sue Barnard said: “It's been wonderful to see the great initiatives that are being put in place to help wildlife – many thanks to all who entered and congratulations to the prize winners – to whom we awarded Kate Bradbury's inspirational book. Many thanks also to our Judge, Bernard Hunt, of Hunts Wildlife Landscapes.”

Jack Sharp, Head Gardener said: “We are delighted to have won two awards, which serve to highlight our commitment to creating an environment which has a positive impact for our Fellows, students, and everyone who visits. We will continue to develop and use environmentally friendly practices throughout the Gardens and Grounds department and make improvements to the site.”

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Prizegiving at Downing College (left to right): Vicky Ambery-Smith, Head Gardener Jack Sharp, judge Bernard Hunt, Sue Barnard and Ben Buttery Head of Conference Services