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Volunteer marine conservationist wins prestigious award

Monday 9th May 2016

Betty Green Photo by Alan SawyerBetty Green Photo by Alan Sawyer

Longstanding Cumbria Wildlife Trust member and volunteer, Betty Green from Santon Bridge near Holmrook, has been awarded The Wildlife Trusts' Marsh Volunteer Award in recognition of her outstanding and demonstrable contributions to marine conservation.

The award was set up by The Wildlife Trusts together with The Marsh Christian Trust and seeks to recognise unsung heroes who all aim to improve the world we live in through volunteering or academic excellence. The award is given annually for outstanding and demonstrable contributions to marine conservation.

Mrs Green has pursued an interest in marine conservation and diving with vigour over the years. In the early 1980s Mrs Green expanded Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s interests from land-based nature conservation and became the advocate for the marine environment. Her passion and enthusiasm played a pivotal role in increasing Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s involvement in marine work and ensuring that they’re at the forefront of marine conservation efforts for the UK. Mrs Green has also provided information on Cumbria’s marine life for a government publication.

Emily Baxter, Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Marine Conservation Officer says: “Betty is inspirational to others, extremely knowledgeable and hugely enthusiastic about the Cumbrian coast, which can’t help but rub off on people that she meets. She is extremely astute; every comment is very clear and thought-through and as such, she continues to keep us at Cumbria Wildlife Trust on its toes. Every so often I get a phone call from Betty to make sure that we are actively pushing to be at the forefront of marine conservation efforts for the UK. It is certainly helpful and encouraging to have someone like Betty on your side!

“Her passion, drive and enthusiasm certainly played a pivotal role in driving Cumbria Wildlife Trust to the stage that it is at with its marine work today. Eight years ago, Cumbria Wildlife Trust had no funded marine projects. Today there are two members of staff and up to six trainees raising awareness and taking action for marine conservation throughout Cumbria, the North West and across the Irish Sea. Living Seas now sit alongside Living Landscapes at the core of Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s strategy and vision.”

Brian Marsh from the Marsh Christian Foundation, says: "We set up the Marsh Volunteer Award for Marine Conservation in partnership with The Wildlife Trusts because we are concerned about the conservation of marine wildlife.

"Our other awards for marine conservation recognise both international and academic achievements, so we wanted to highlight the important work marine volunteers are undertaking in the UK. Hopefully this award will help recognise the outstanding efforts of these volunteers in their protection of Living Seas, and raise the profile of their essential work."

The Marsh Christian Trust was established in 1981 and has two main areas of work; grant-making and the Marsh Awards. The awards seek to recognise unsung heroes who all aim to improve the world we live in through volunteering or academic excellence. Recipients of Marsh Awards range from scientists working in conservation biology and ecology, to authors and sculptors from the arts world, and those who give their time unselfishly to work with the young, the elderly, people with mental health issues and for our heritage. Founded in 1981, it now runs more than 70 awards with a number of partner organisations and supports a growing number of smaller charities through its grant-making programme.

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