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