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What an exciting week that was! As you may have heard by now, comedian Bill Bailey sprung a big surprise on the Avalon Marshes Partnership team last Wednesday, when he turned up unannounced to tell us we had won the Environmental category of the National Lottery Awards for 2017.
This means we will be featuring at a red carpet event in London in September to officially receive the trophy and cheque for £5000, and you will get to see the moment when Bill appears from behind a tree at Catcott Great Fen to give members of the team quite a shock! The programme airs on BBC One on Wed 27th September at 10.45pm.
We are immensely grateful to everyone who voted for the Avalon Marshes project and who helped make it such a success. The project itself involved seven partner organisations, 60 sub-projects, 500 volunteers, 50 schools and colleges, 177 events engaging over 10,000 people in the process. The projects included the visitor facilities at Ham Wall, the heritage reconstructions at the Avalon Marshes Centre, restoring mires and managing reedbeds on the nature reserves, the Avalon Marshes website, wildlife cameras, interpretation materials, two festivals, three apprenticeships, volunteer training, and increased engagement with local schools and communities.
Thank you for all your support!