The Church Times Green Church Awards have two objectives: to celebrate the remarkable efforts made in recent years by individuals and congregations to offset the damage being done to the earth, and to set good examples before others who might be inspired to follow suit.
There are five awards: four recognising innovative work already completed (or ongoing) and one for exciting projects still at the planning stage.
The shortlist was announced 4 August. The awards ceremony will take place at Lambeth Palace on 16 October.
The Green Building Award Prize: £1000
Gloucester Cathedral; Holy Trinity, Bradford on Avon; Holy Trinity, Tulse Hill; St Wenn’s, Bodmin.
The Green Congregation Award Prize: £1000
Garden design and development team (Campoverde Church, Spain); Inverkip Church Eco-group; St Catherine’s Environment Group (St Catherine’s, Burbage); Shildon Alive! Guerrilla Gardening Team (St John’s, Shildon)
The Biodiversity Award Prize: £1000
Bradford Cathedral; OASIS Community Church, Worksop; St Asaph’s, Denbignshire; St James’s, Finchampstead; St John’s, Sharow.
The Green Champion Award Prize: £1000
Martyn Goss (diocese of Exeter); Br Hugh Cobbett SSF (Hilfield Friary); Victoria Gilbert (St Catherine’s, Burbage); Suzanne Dalton (St Chad’s, Far Headingley); Judith Allison (St John’s Methodist Church, Settle).
The Green Futures Award Prize: £6000 so far*
Baildon Methodist Church; Hamutua Quarterly Meeting Friends Church, Kenya; Sheddingdean Baptist Church; St Mary the Virgin, Cannington.
*The Green Futures fund
We are still seeking contributions from any reader or institution for this fund.
In addition, we are asking all entrants to contribute. When we ran these awards in 2007, we asked for £5 to cover administration. This time, we’re waiving this fee, but asking instead for donations, of any size, to the Green Futures fund. We know that entrants who have completed their projects will want to encourage others starting down the same road.
Donate online: www.hymnsam.co.uk/green-futures
The Church Times wishes to thank the following for their generous support: