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Back from the Brink Project in 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards finals

Pine martens have been reintroduced into Northumberland thanks to Back from the Brink
Pine martens have been reintroduced into Northumberland thanks to Back from the Brink

Conservation project needs your vote in the Best Heritage Project category

The Back from the Brink conservation project is appealing for votes after reaching the finals of the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards.

Back from the Brink is competing in the Best Heritage Project category, beating off competition from more than 700 organisations to reach the public voting stage.

The project with the most votes will receive a £10,000 cash prize, a National Lottery Awards trophy and attend an awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One in November.

Back from the Brink is on a mission to save 20 endangered species from extinction and benefit more than 200 others at risk through its 19 projects across England.

Conservation charities

It brings together conservation and wildlife charities from Cornwall to Northumberland. The lead partners are the RSPB, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Bat Conservations, Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation, Butterfly Conservation, Natural England and Plantlife.

During the last two years, they have reintroduced an extinct butterfly to England, rediscovered pine martens in Northumberland, and re-established rare arable plants.

Back from the Brink logoBack from the Brink’s James Harding-Morris said: “National Lottery has been fundamental in ensuring that we are able to bring 20 endangered species of animals, plants and fungi back from the very brink of extinction, whilst improving the future prospects for over 200 more, so to be acknowledged by them feels very special indeed.

“We hope to continue to preserve some of our country’s most intriguing and unique wildlife, and a National Lottery Award will go a long way in allowing us to continue doing this. Everyone please get behind us and vote for Back from the Brink!”

Thanks to the players

Jonathan Tuchner, from the National Lottery, added: “It’s thanks to National Lottery players, who raise more than £30 million each week for good causes, that brilliant projects like those in the finals of the National Lottery Awards are possible.

“Back from the Brink is doing an incredible job engaging local communities with endangered species and the work they do is hugely impressive.”

The award categories reflect the main areas of National Lottery funding: heritage, sport, arts, culture and film, community and charity, sporting legend which will be decided by a public vote alongside lifetime achievement, young hero, special recognition, and 12 local legend awards.

To vote go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter: hashtag #NLAwards. Voting closes at midnight on August 21.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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