Search

Rainham Marshes scoops eco award

17:37 28 March 2013

The Marshes picked up the green award recently. Photo: Andy Hay/RSPB

The Marshes picked up the green award recently. Photo: Andy Hay/RSPB

© RSPB-IMAGES AND ITS IMAGE CONTRIBUTORS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. This image is protected by international copyright laws and dist

Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve was recognised for its continuous work to transform the site into a natural haven for migratory birds and local wildlife at an awards evening in Essex.

The lapwing drew hundreds to the Marshes. Picture: Clive WattsThe lapwing drew hundreds to the Marshes. Picture: Clive Watts

The Thurrock Business Award praised the reserve for having eco-friendly facilities, its “warm and welcoming” visitor centre and commitment to reducing carbon output by three per cent every year.

Melanie Worman, visitor services manager, received the award on behalf of the Marshes.

She said: “Winning the Thurrock Business award for Environmental Awareness shows we are doing something right, not only for birds and wildlife, but also for the people living in Thurrock, Havering and beyond, who can visit us and get close to all the fantastic wildlife Rainham Marshes boasts.”

Melanie worked alongside staff to reduce carbon outputs by installing solar panels and wind turbines and encouraging volunteers and workers to car-pool, with plans to improve their renewable energy machinery and better utilise recycling in order to continue their commendable achievements and win future awards.

Melanie with the award. Picture: Howard VaughanMelanie with the award. Picture: Howard Vaughan

First formed to combat the trade in “fashionable” bird plumes – used to stylise women’s hats and attire in the late 19th century – the RSPB has grown rapidly.

The reserve is one of the few ancient landscapes remaining in London.

Bought in 2000 the land had previously been off-limits to the public as it was used as a military firing range for 100 years.

The marshes are now a home to many different creatures, from birds of prey to water voles to a resident barn owl, even hosting a safe haven for visitors to catch a bite to eat or a mug of something warm at the café and visitor centre whilst they observe the nature around them

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Members of Upminster Walk and Talk with organiser Tricia Butler in the middle

Residents interested in meeting new people, exploring green spaces, and improving their health are welcome to join a new Upminster walking group.

10:00
Havering Mind's choir singing at Tesco Roneo Corner

Songstresses enjoying a new zest for life thanks to a mental health charity’s choir shared a little joy with supermarket shoppers when they stopped by to raise awareness.

Yesterday, 15:00
Sue Triggs, Russell Triggs and Amber Triggs, nine who has cerebal palsy and Kelly McCleoud, Rob McCleoud, Molly-May McCleoud, eight and Max McCleoud, five who are organising fundraisers in Barking and Dagenham to raise money for an operation for Amber

Friends and family of a nine-year-old with cerebral palsy are on a mission to raise £30,000 for an operation that could enable her to walk.

Yesterday, 12:00
Picture: ThinkstockPhotos-164922920.jpg / Carlos Gomez Bové

A “proactive” stance in encouraging male domestic abuse victims to come forward is not being taken by Havering Council, according to the chairman of a charity.

Yesterday, 10:00
Britannia Parking anti-social issues

Shocking images showing children hanging from the third storey of a town centre car park have provoked a safety investigation.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Bernard Thomas, holding the plant judged as the best succulent, with treasurer Janice Coombes, Adrian Finney and Bill Izatt

Interested in growing succulent plants? The Havering British Cactus and Succulent Society is on the lookout for new members.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Level 42 fan Julian Hall with some of his memorabilia collection

When Julian Hall spotted an advertisement for at-the-time unknown band Level 42 in the Ilford Recorder in 1981, he decided to go to the gig on a whim.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
A TfL Rail train. Picture: Hammersfan/Wikimedia Commons

TfL Rail trains from Shenfield to Ilford over the Bank Holiday weekend will be replaced by buses due to engineering works.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe