Sustrans' Greener Greenways project has won second place in the Exemplary Initiatives award category at this year’s prestigious European Greenways Awards hosted in Namur, Belguim. The project aims to survey, protect and enhance biodiversity along the National Cycle Network.
Malcolm Shepherd, Chief Executive of Sustrans said:
"This project has radically changed the way Sustrans' routes are managed but this vital conservation work is only made possible with the support of our volunteers.
"Sustrans now has 218 Wildlife Champions who run community activities along their local greenways, carry out wildlife surveys and maintain habitats on the routes.
"I'd like to dedicate this award to those individuals who give their time to enhance the National Cycle Network for people and wildlife alike."
Malcolm Shepherd, Chief Executive of Sustrans
“ This vital conservation work is only made possible with the support of our volunteers. ”
Greener Greenways has enabled us to become leaders in delivering and promoting conservation management. We now know more about the species and habitats on the National Cycle Network, which helps to inform local conservation efforts. The targeted management of ‘stepping stones’ of wildflower meadows or hedgerows, means we are working to combat habitat fragmentation and allow species to thrive.
Continuing the work
The project was originally funded by Scottish Natural Heritage in Scotland and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and other local partners in England and Wales. We have now just received further funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for an additional ecologist to work on the Greener Greenways project in England and Wales, enabling us to extend our work and build on our current successes.
Jenny Dadd, Grants Manager Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, said:
“Sustrans has challenged itself and others through Greener Greenways. Linear pathways are important for nature and it is great to see a charity that is primarily to do with transport broaden its horizons to think about what it can contribute to nature.
"We are keen to see how the project progresses in its latter stages and how Sustrans develops as an organisation”.