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Avalon Marshes Project Nominated For Major Award

 28th Jun 2017


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Thursday 29th June - The Avalon Marshes Project is appealing for votes after reaching the finals of the prestigious National Lottery Awards.

Competing against six others in the Best Environment Project category the Avalon Marshes project - a collaboration of several leading conservation organisations -  saw off stiff competition from more than 1,300 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards 2017. This year saw a record number of entries to the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. 

The project with the most votes will be crowned the winner in their category and will receive a £5,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy, and will attend a star-studded glittering Awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One in September.

The Avalon Marshes is a varied and beautiful piece of Somerset, including meadows, woods, reed-beds and lakes, plus the mystical Isle of Avalon containing Glastonbury Tor. The wetlands are home to Marsh Harriers, Bitterns and Otters, while the area has 10,000 years of human history, giving it a rich archaeological heritage.

Over four years the project, with the support of the partners involved has helped conserve the unique landscape, heritage and wildlife of this unique wetland area in the heart of Somerset, attracting thousands of visitors and participants.

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Tim Youngs, Director of Land Management for Somerset Wildlife Trust, the host partner of the project, said: “We are delighted that the magical landscape of Avalon Marshes, Somerset has been nominated for a National Lottery Award and has reached the final public voting round.

“The Avalon Marshes project has conserved the landscape, heritage and wildlife of this unique piece of Somerset countryside, which holds international acclaim for its rare wetland birds, is steeped in a rich heritage and history, and encompasses the mystical Isle of Avalon. Visitor access to nature reserves has been enormously enhanced with

new hides and trails, while National Lottery funding has benefited volunteers, schools, colleges, visitors, while training and engaging the local community.

“Creating an understanding of this wonderful place has inspired people to learn more about it; in learning about it, more people have come to love it; and those that love feel a greater responsibility to protect this special place in the future – which is the true spirit of the project.  We really hope the public continue to support this project by voting for us as the UK’s Best Environment Project in the National Lottery Awards.”

National Lottery Awards spokesperson, Jackie O’Sullivan, added: “National Lottery players raise £30 million every single week for Good Causes across the UK and the work done with that money is truly life-changing.  The National Lottery Awards celebrate the talent and dedication of the amazing staff and volunteers who run these incredible National Lottery funded projects for the benefit of their communities.

“Avalon Marshes Somerset has worked very hard to become a finalist and they now need your support.  So get voting!”


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To vote for Avalon Marshes Somerset, please go to or telephone 0844 836 9684 and follow the campaign on Twitter with hashtag #NLAwards. Voting runs for four weeks from 9am on 29 June until midnight on 27 July.  

There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity. 


For interviews and further information on Somerset Wildlife Trust please contact Kirby Everett on 01823 652413 or email: or Lisa Whaley on 01823 652400 or

You can follow SWT on Twitter at SomersetWT or Facebook on @Somersetwildlifetrust

For further information on teh National Lottery Awards please contact The National Lottery Awards:

Jackie Aplin on T 02920678278 or

·          Avalon Marshes Somerset received £1,772,500 of National Lottery funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund

·          Telephone voting calls cost 5p max. A connection charge may be applied by some networks. Please check with your provider. 

·          All voting will be independently adjudicated and verified by Electoral Reform Services.The Avalon Marshes Partnership

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