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Environmental Youth Awards – Previous Winners

The Environmental Youth Award 2017 Saw Four Outstanding Finalists in Frogwell Green Primary School, Blackbrook Community Primary School, All Saints CE Community School and Black2Nature

A Bristol-based youth organisation set up by a young Mendip girl to encourage inner city minority groups to visit the countryside has won the prestigious Environmental Youth Award.

Presented at the Royal Bath & West Show on Friday (2 June), the award – now in its 20th year – recognises the contribution made by young people in managing environmental projects, with the aim of promoting greater awareness of conservation matters.

Mya-Rose Craig founded Black2Nature in a bid to get Black and Asian city dwellers involved in natural history and environmental issues through walks, talks and practical experience. “I live in the rural Chew Valley but mum’s family grew up in Bristol,” she explains. “In 2015 I was organising a weekend camping and then read something about a lack of minority people getting involved in nature, so I changed the focus of the camp and decided I wanted to get some kids out of the city and into the countryside.”

Since then, Mya-Rose has held three camps and arranged a conference for leading nature organisations, with whom she is working to encourage more inner city minorities out into rural areas. “I recently got funding to do a camp for 8-11 year olds, as there are high levels of mental health issues and I want them to know they can go outside and be calm and feel better about themselves,” she adds.

Having grown up in a keen bird-watching family, Mya-Rose has visited all seven continents, given 40 public talks including at the Hay Festival this year, and has been featured or written in a wide range of environmental magazines. “It’s brilliant, seeing people when they first come on a camp – they’re not sure what’s going on or how to react,” she says. “By the end they’ve settled in and really engaged with nature – it’s fantastic to see people enjoying themselves outside.”

Chairman of judges Les Davies says: “This was a unanimous decision. We were all inspired by Mya-Rose’s approach, innovation and infectious enthusiasm for this ground-breaking project.”

The other finalists in the competition were Frogwell Green Primary School in Wiltshire, Blackbrook Community Primary School in Somerset, and All Saints CE Primary School in Dorset, all of which have been working to get pupils involved in the environment and conservation through local farm visits, tree planting, recycling and cookery clubs.

2023SomersetDavid Domoney
2022DorsetLady Paula Wills
2021No Award
2020No Award
2019DorsetLady Bathurst
2017BristolValerie Singleton
2016SomersetAnnie Maw
2015Ram’s HeadBristolLord Fellowes
2014HobbyWiltshireHRH The Duchess of Cornwall
2013OtterSomersetLady Elwes
2012Regional TrophyAllSir David Wills
2011Ram’s HeadWiltshireDr Hemplemann-Adams
2010OtterSomersetHRH The Countess of Wessex
2009SwanBristolHRH The Prince of Wales
2008BadgerBristolLord Waldegrave
2007OtterBristol & SomersetHRH The Duke of Kent
2006BatWiltshireHigh Sheriff of Somerset

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