The Marlborough Environment Awards are held every two years to showcase businesses or community projects that are good for the environment. The Awards are supported by the Marlborough District Council, Department of Conservation and local sponsors.
Who can enter?
The awards are open to any business, community group or individual in Marlborough. We are looking for entrants who protect and enhance the environment and who use resources and energy efficiently.
What are the categories?
- Winegrowing and Horticulture
- Landscape and Habitat Enhancement
- Business Innovation
- Community Innovation and Sustainable Living
Community Innovation is a new category aimed at non-profit groups and individual households. It could include projects such as the Community Gardens or an energy-efficient house.
Each category winner is put forward for the Supreme Award.
- It is a chance to share your knowledge and experience.
- Benefit from discussion and feedback from the judges. The judges’ report is like an independent audit that highlights positives and suggests improvements.
- Give the public an opportunity to find out what’s going on in Marlborough to protect and enhance our environment.
- Participation builds a positive image for Marlborough which helps attract support for our region and our products.
- Winners receive prizes worth $1000-$3000 and free publicity.
What are the judges looking for?
Good environmental practices and projects that other people can be inspired by.
Depending on your entry, the judges will be looking at all or some of these:
- Efficient use of resources including water, energy, fuel and labour
- Impacts on soil, water and air and how you deal with negative effects
- Waste management and disposal
- Weed, pest and disease management
- Innovative practices and problem solving
- Playing a responsible role in the community
- Landscape and conservation values
- Awareness and protection of biodiversity
A judging team of three will visit at a time to suit you in November or December (Farming entries may be in January).
Judging takes between one and three hours, depending on your entry. It is a friendly two-way process, aimed at getting the best information and sharing of experience.
How to enter
Fill in the short online entry form
Entry form (1.0 Mb)
If you have problems opening the above form please contact us and we will send you a copy.
Choose the category/categories that seem the best fit. The judges may suggest another option, eg; a vineyard could fit a Landscape/Habitat Enhancement award. Provide a brief description about your entry.
Any questions or need more information? Want to enter but don’t have the internet? Contact:
Bev Doole email@example.com Ph. (03) 570 5233 or
Nicky Eade at the Council firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph. (03) 520 7519