Nurturing Nature wins Green Apple Award – presentation at House of Commons

November 14, 2012

in Bumblebees and their ecology, Nurturing Nature Talks/Presentations, Red mason solitary bees, Solitary Bee Observation Box


Nurturing Nature wins a Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice in the Wildlife and Conservation section, after competing against more than 500 other nominations and were presented with their Green Apple Award at a glittering presentation ceremony in the House of Commons on November 12, 2012.


The award recognises work that involved many years painstaking observation and experimentation together with 2 years of research and development leading to the manufacture of a radical, practical and educational bumblebee and solitary bee nest boxes.

Environmental educator and author George Pilkington says:

“When people think of bees, they think of honeybees, but there are over 250 species of wild bee which are absolutely essential to the pollination our flowers, fruit and vegetables. They are declining as well as their natural habitats. Providing them with safe and comfortable places in which they can raise their offspring, means we can better help them to help us and learn about them in the process. Children find the nest boxes fascinating as they can watch the bees go about their daily work”.

As a result of this success they have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their experience.

They will also be considered to represent their country in the European Business Awards for the Environment.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice.

Judges for the Green Apple Awards are drawn from the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

 The Green Apple Awards campaign was one of the first to be invited to become an automatic accredited feeder scheme into the European Business Awards for the Environment.The Green Apple Awards is still one of only a few schemes that meet the exacting criteria of the Brussels-led EBAEs, and several Green Apple Award winners have gone on to win European recognition in this way.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

karen saunders November 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

CONGRATULATIONS on winning your award, so proud of you.x You deserve this recognition for all your hard work you’ve put in over the years. xx k


nurturingnature November 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Many thanks Karen,appreciate your kind words! Cheers, George x


P.Rigby November 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

VERY well done George, as Karen says, we are all VERY proud of you. A fantastic achievement and so well deserved. What next then!!! You need a marketing advisor I think!!! Just think what else you could do if that was in place. Enjoy the moment Mr Pilk – brilliant work. PJR.


nurturingnature November 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Thanks Peter, nice coming from you who achieved so much yourself! Thanks a lot. Cheers G


Lesley Brown November 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Many congratulations for all your dedicated hard work. Hope you go from strength to strength in spreading the word about wild bees. I know I am a lot more knowledgeable after your talk last week, thank you so much, Lesley


nurturingnature November 17, 2012 at 9:02 am

I hope people can begin to realise the importance of wild bees and like we attract birds into our gardens, for our pleasure, we should be attracting wild bees as well, provide them with a safe environment in which to nest and learn in the process Thanks Lesley.


Amanda November 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Well done George!


nurturingnature November 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

Thanks Amanda. Ha! I should be saying the same to you for your web site, which is without doubt in my top 10 wild bee sites!!


Muromez November 17, 2012 at 8:47 am

Congratulations. The right award for the right man. Good work.

Greetings Muromez


nurturingnature November 17, 2012 at 9:04 am

Thanks Muromez, it is as you know a long learning curve which as I learn,I pass on to others via my web site. Thank you for your help and advice!


Joan Brindle November 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

well done George, that’s great news – about time your genius was recognised! x joan


nurturingnature November 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

Ha! Many thanks Joan, genius indeed!! Been working on another product, non bee but wildlife related!! Thanks, again, George x


nurturingnature December 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Thanks Joan, there is more to come!! 🙂 George x


Elaine Hutchings November 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Congratulations George! Well deserved indeed.
A while ago, I featured your bee box video on the WEA Creative website:
Fascinating stuff!


nurturingnature November 20, 2012 at 8:14 am

I saw the link some time ago, Elaine. Many thanks and keep visiting there is more to come!!


nurturingnature December 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Thanks Elaine, appreciate your comments and the post. Hopefully more fascinating stuff to follow! It was the mead that did it :0) Cheers George


Kit Welchman November 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Many Congratulations, George.
With best wishes for further success to you and the nurturing nature project.



nurturingnature November 20, 2012 at 8:15 am

Kit, thanks a lot! A great day and a very interesting one to boot! Cheers George


Ian Greaves November 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

Fantastic news congratulation for your award you’re a chap who understands nature with getting yourself into the field and observing your subject.
In your final prototype did you carry on using the Mesh you obtained from were i work in your final product.


nurturingnature November 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Thanks a lot Ian, very kind of you to say so, with you being a nature observer yourself!! Yes, tried various kinds with different results, all from your works!!


polly July 14, 2017 at 1:42 pm

So, where can I buy one of the better bee hotels?


nurturingnature July 14, 2017 at 7:04 pm

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