Environment award entries in

00:28, Nov 12 2010

The Marlborough Environment Awards have closed with 33 entries.

The most popular categories are innovation and efficiency, with a total of 12 entries.

Many of the enterprises would be eligible for judging in both categories, said awards organiser Nicky Eade, of the Marlborough District Council.

Projects include a high-performance, reduced-noise frost fan, a vineyard sprayer, worker accommodation, worm farm, winery wastewater systems, a biodiesel and recycling programme, sustainability consultants, community gardens and a farmers' market.

The landscape and habitat enhancement categories attracted nine entries between them, including wetland and streamside restoration, landscaping of a tennis club and rural blocks, and native restoration projects.

The viticulture/horticulture category has added interest this year, with two orchards – one growing fruit and the other nuts – to be judged against four vineyards, three of which are organic, biodynamic or in transition, said Ms Eade.

Two sheep-and-beef farms and a dairy operation have entered the farm section and the forestry category has three entries.

Ms Eade said the properties would be judged over summer, with awards to be announced in May 2011 with field days to follow.

As well as category winners, one entry will be selected for the supreme prize.

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