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Blickling Estate scoop environmental award

Just Regional
Oct 24, 2014 3 mins read

Blickling Eatste celebrated green success as the National Trust paid homage to its environmental champions.

The East of England was the focus of the charity’s first ever Environmental Awards with prizes in categories, including Green Team of the Year and Holiday Cottage Hero.

The awards were held at Anglesey Abbey, near Cambridge, on October 21, with the usual red carpet replaced with a lush green one of artificial grass.

Blickling was shortlisted in several categories, coming away on the night with Wise Use of Water Award, sponsored by Anglian Water and Meter Manager of the Year – Richard Lee.

The Wise Water award was in recognistion of how Blickling’s properties are taking measures to improve their mains water use and recycle rainwater whenever possible.

A big project is the restoration of a Victorian water management system so that it now diverts rain and groundwater to a new irrigation system that feeds the Walled Garden. The system has the added benefit of reducing risk of the house flooding.

Blickling has also been working with agricultural fishing and other stakeholders such as the Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Board and the Broads Catchment Partnership to deliver water and environmental benefits reaching beyond the property boundaries, including parts fo the River Bure, such as the placement of logs and other large woody debris to trap silt and filter pollution in the river channel.

Richard recived his award as one of the estate’s unsung heroes. He has been with the Trust for 20 years and ensures all of Blickling’s whopping 61 meters are read on time and all the necessary data entered.

He never misses a meter and even organises his leave around the meter read weeks to ensure they are completed on time.

During that time he’s had to battle through shoulder-height stinging nettles to find water meters, knelt in an ants’ nest whilst sticking his head in the chamber to see a reading only to get up and find ants crawling all over him, had to move frogs off meters so he can read the numbers.

 

Neil King from-Anglian Water presents the Wise Use of Water Award sponsored by Anglian Water to Dave Brady Head Warden at Blickling Estate

Neil King from-Anglian Water presents the Wise Use of Water Award sponsored by Anglian Water to Dave Brady Head Warden at Blickling Estate

Miranda Campbell presents Meter Manager of the Year award to Spike Malin of Blickling Estate accepting on behalf of-colleague-Richard Lee Photo Phil Mynott ©NT

Miranda Campbell presents Meter Manager of the Year award to Spike Malin of Blickling Estate accepting on behalf of-colleague-Richard Lee Photo Phil Mynott ©NT

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