Top award for wildlife reserve

Award: Some of the Brockholes team pick up the award
Award: Some of the Brockholes team pick up the award
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A NATURE reserve has bagged another accolade to add to the trophy cabinet at prestigious awards ceremony.

Brockholes was described as an “iconic high-profile visitor attraction and nature reserve” as it won its latest title.

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust nature reserve was given the main Overall Planning Achievement award at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s North West awards ceremony at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, in Manchester.

The awards are designed to encourage and reward outstanding achievement in planning.

The reserve, at junction 31 of the M6, was also praised for its sustainability and tourism potential.

Jane Aspinall, Regeneration North Associate Director and one of the judges, said: “The scheme is certainly full of innovative ideas and, despite the interrogation at our visit, the judges believe that the professionalism of your own staff was instrumental in achieving such an iconic high profile visitor attraction and nature reserve. 

“We hope that this award will further help raise its profile.”

Brockholes features a floating visitor village with gift shop and restaurant as well as an interactive Welcome Centre, offering visitors the chance to learn about the wildlilfe on site.

Lancashire Wildlife Trust Chief Executive Anne Selby said: “It was wonderful surprise to get the main award of the evening.

“We are delighted that we have been recognised by such an important body.

“Brockholes has won more than 20 awards for it architecture and green credentials since it opened last year.

“It has already helped to boost the Wildlife Trust’s membership to record levels which benefits our projects throughout Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside.”