Monday 16th November was another prestigious day for eibe Play, as our managing director Paul Redden and UK Sales Co-ordinator Stuart Evans attended the Green Apple Awards at the Houses of Parliament in London. Accompanied by Anna Chapman (Parks & Countryside Development Officer) and Councillor Jonathan Chowen from Horsham District Council, eibe accepted two Green Apple Awards at the famous historical landmark for the third year in a row.
The first award eibe received was the 2015 Green Apple Award for Building & Construction (Conservation and Regeneration). It recognised the sustainable new recreation ground facilities that eibe had designed, manufactured and installed at Southwater Country Park. The exhilarating new “Dinosaur Island” play area in Sussex features an array of fantastic play equipment, special effects such as an active volcano, red hot lava flows, a tar quagmire, a dinosaur swamp and a prehistoric jungle. It is a delightful themed playspace that commemorates a past age and it is sure to keep children entertained for many years in the future.
To complete the day, eibe also received a Green World Ambassador 2016 award. The success of the DINOSAUR ISLAND project - for “Helping other to help the environment” - builds on previous victories for schemes at Kew Gardens, Dalby Forest and Waltham Forest.
Stuart Evans said,
“Today’s trip to the Houses of Parliament to collect our Green Apple Awards completes the success story of Dinosaur Island at Southwater Country Park in style and highlights the great team effort between the council and eibe, including our installation team, to make the park a legacy in Sussex.”
eibe will now have its winning paper published in The Green Book, the world’s only annual work of reference on environmental best practice that is distributed to environment professionals, universities and libraries around the world by The Green Organisation.
The award judges commented:
“A pleasure park in West Sussex was in a rather tired state when the council tendered for improvements. eibe put forward some ideas and the council chose them for the project. Inspiration came from an Iguanodon fossil found locally, which is now a central feature of the Dinosaur Park. As always with eibe, the project was rooted in sustainability and fun - aims which were met and exceeded according to both the council and park visitors.”
The winning paper now goes forward for further judging and the possibility of representing the UK in the Brussels-led European Business Awards for the Environment.
Paul Redden sums up the venture:
“Partnering with Horsham District Council has been a rewarding journey. Our 2015 Green World Ambassador status was certainly a core credential in us winning the tender; the client wanted someone with expertise in natural environments. Our sustainability ethos is at the core of our own Corporate Social Responsibility pledge; all of the wooden equipment used at Southwater Country Park is, as ever, FSC certified; we always consider matters of sustainability in relation to the production and processing of materials – the amount of timber harvested never exceeds the amount of timber re-grown.
“It has been uplifting to watch Dinosaur Island come to fruition, a project which absolutely embraces all that is important about the past, present and future of our world. Being able to share the experience of receiving our Green Apple Awards alongside members of Horsham District Council was a real privilege.”
Following the awards ceremony, Paul and Stuart took Anna on another memorable journey - a breath-taking ride on London’s Millennium Wheel. The Apple of eibe’s “Eye” indeed!