The Isle of Man Creamery Award for

Environment Initiative of the Year

The Isle of Man Creamery award for environment initiative of the year celebrates the individual, organisation or not-for-profit who has stepped up in interesting and innovative ways to reduce our impact on the environment.

The Isle of Man Creamery award for environment initiative of the year celebrates the individual, organisation or not-for-profit who has stepped up in interesting and innovative ways to reduce our impact on the environment.

The environment initiative award will recognise projects and initiatives where collaboration and partnership has helped to build solutions to complex environmental challenges. 

Projects or initiatives might include;

  • Enhancing biodiversity
  • Reducing waste
  • Increasing energy efficiency/sustainability. 
  • Campaigns to encourage greener behaviour 
  • Installation or restoration of projects that environmental improvements as their primary goal

 

Programmes should have been carried within the local community and have had a tangible outcome in terms of improving the environment.

This year's finalists

Manx Wildlife Trust

Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) was founded in 1973 and is the Isle of Man’s leading nature conservation charity. Members, staff, and volunteers support MWT to protect Manx wildlife for the future by driving the development of a Nature Recovery Network across the IOM to create more places for wildlife, championing Nature Based Solutions to enable nature to improve the wider IOM environment for all and connecting people in the IOM strongly to nature and inspiring them to act for wildlife. Lloyds Baking International (LBI) has committed to supporting local sustainable community initiatives in the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. Leveraging an already strong relationship with MWT, Lloyds asked the charity what else they could do to support. The charity was keen to appoint a Community Ranger to drive the delivery of The Wildlife Trusts’ #TeamWilder project in our IOM UNESCO Biosphere but lacked the funding. The #TeamWilder project aims to engage with local communities to encourage people to act in a more environmentally sustainable way, and develop and create nature-rich areas, and help people connect with local nature in life-enhancing ways. Lloyds were delighted to support the creation of this key role and fund the salary for 2 years. Since starting the role in May 2022, Hannah has organised and led several educational events, these include a series of evening lectures on how to garden for wildlife, starting a regular wildlife walk around the town where MWT’s offices are located and initiating a family wildlife walk around one of MWT’s reserves. She has also led talks at public events to engage the community including a Love Tech event.

Utmost International and The Children's Centre

Over the summer The Children's Centre has been working in collaboration with Utmost International to complete parts of their Wild Space project. Utmost International approached The Children's Centre following the acquisition of Quilter International as they wanted to do something as a whole company – something everyone could be involved with that would benefit a local charity or local cause. The Utmost Group has a sustainability strategy that is steered by the owners of the Utmost Group and is underpinned by policies and targets across the Group, recognising that sustainable business encompasses a range of topics. At the farm The Children's Centre has the Wild Space, a secluded area of natural beauty, peace and tranquillity. It is approximately 4 acres in size and a short walk from the main farm complex. This part of the site already has a Hobbit House built into the hillside that was made by a group of young people. There is also a part-completed Celtic round house. There are some raised board-walks to provide access for most people. We have designated it as a ‘conservation’ area and have various biosphere and wildlife projects taking place there such as a ‘hedgehog rescue release’ and ‘wild-flowers for bees’ projects. It is an ideal place for individuals, small groups and schools to explore, learn more about nature and to fire their imaginations. For the Children's Centre it provides additional ‘open air’ classrooms - safe spaces that are within the confines of the farm but are also different, exciting, natural and inspiring. This resource is un-finished and working with collaboratively we have had the opportunity to make significant progress giving The Children's Centre more usable spaces and therefore enabling them to work with more vulnerable, at risk and challenged children and young people.

Winner: EyeSEA

Eyesea, launched in July 2021, and is an award-winning, Maritime driven, non-profit organisation with a mission to map and report pollution though crowdsourced geotagged images. These images are collected by members’ seafarers and staff, and an increasing number of community volunteers, who use the App to record coastal and blue water pollution observations. The ambition is to create the world's largest map and database of maritime and coastal pollution. Eyesea is about data collection and the results, images and data captured has opened conversations with local authorities, scientists and clean up groups. The Eyesea app will positively impact the image of the maritime sector specifically, helping to transform smoky ships and salty seafarers, and associated shore-based people, into the saviours of the seas; the eyes of the oceans rather than the polluters and pirates of them. Additionally, as the App is not limited to maritime sector workers, anyone can download and use it.