Care for natural environment commended
The annual Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Awards took place in London last week (27 June) and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council was one of only three councils shortlisted for the Planning Authority of the Year Award.
This award recognises authorities who lead the way in landscape planning for the natural environment and the council team, the only district or borough authority on the shortlist, was delighted to be highly commended by the judges.
The commendation included recognition of their work with conservation groups, local communities and parishes, their development and delivery of policies and strategies relating to the natural environment, planning advice and biodiversity management.
Their recent projects have included the restoration of proposed Local Nature Reserve Wigmore Heath in Tadley, and the management of council parks and open spaces such as the Green Flag-awarded War Memorial Park and Eastrop Park. Partnership working with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust on sites including Pamber Forest also promotes good biodiversity management.
Cabinet Member for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “We are delighted that the hard work of the team has been recognised in this way. It is essential to preserve the borough’s beautiful and diverse natural environment for the benefit of future generations.
“There is much more that we can do but this award is national recognition that we are moving in the right direction.”