Friday, 28 September 2012

Juniper success

Posted by Nicola Hutchinson, our Head of Conservation Programmes, England and Wales.

Yesterday I attended the Biffa Awards ceremony with our botanist Tim Wilkins as Plantlife’s Lowland Juniper Project had been selected as a finalist in the Rebuilding Biodiversity category.  Whilst we weren't the overall winner (congratulations to Flitton Moor Local Nature Reserve project in Bedfordshire who had that honour) it still felt a great achievement for our juniper project to have been shortlisted from a list of several hundred.

The project has exceeded our expectations in terms of the number of sites and partners engaged – part of the reason it was selected. And actual biodiversity results were also demonstrated, with many baby junipers now giving it a go in the wilds of lowland England.

So many congratulations to Tim for managing a super project for one of our most threatened plants, and for receiving such high level recognition as a result.