On Wednesday 16 October 2013, the Mineral Products Association (MPA) held its prestigious Restoration and Biodiversity Awards at the Royal Society in London.
The event, which had the theme 'Realising the Potential...Progress and Partnership', celebrated the excellent work MPA member companies are undertaking, showcasing some of the best examples of quarry restoration and wildlife conservation anywhere in Europe.
DEFRA Minister, Lord de Mauley, paid tribute to the industry for its biodiversity work, along with several other speakers from conservation groups who highlighted the value of working in partnership. These speakers included Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts; Paul Lambert, Executive Director, Natural England; Gill Perkins, Conservation Manager, Bumblebee Conservation Trust; and Jeremy Biggs, Director, Freshwater Habitats Trust.
A full room of almost 200 delegates attended the event, which comprised over 50 environmental and other stakeholder organisations, along with those from industry, Government departments, academia and local authorities. Sybil Ruscoe, an experienced journalist most recently associated with the BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme, expertly hosted the proceedings, where live presentations were complemented by on-screen video footage of the winning sites. The sponsors’ exhibition provided an excellent arena for networking before and afterwards.
The longstanding MPA Restoration Awards were announced alongside the MPA Biodiversity Awards, with the latter divided into three categories: Landscape Scale Restoration, in association with Natural England; Innovation; and Individual Contribution.
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