Environment awards entries wanted

Entries for the Marlborough Environment Awards close on Friday.

Co-ordinator Bev Doole said more entries were needed, especially in farming, forestry and winegrowing.

Entries have dropped off this year, she said. Entries to date included the Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust, Kaipupu Point, and Yealands Estate.

Organisers were not seeking perfect properties but people aiming to manage their enterprise in an environmentally responsible way, she said.

Categories were winegrowing and horticulture, farming, forestry, landscape and habitat enhancement, business innovation and community innovation and sustainable living.

Judges would visit between November and January looking for efficient use of resources, impacts on the natural environment, waste management, and pest and disease management, she said. They also recognised innovation, community involvement, and biodiversity protection.

Winners will be announced at an awards dinner on March 1, and field days will be held on winning properties in April and May.

To enter, or for more details, go to marlborough.govt.nz or contact Ms Doole at 570 5233; bev.doole@clear.net.nz

The Marlborough Express