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Maidstone Nurseries Amongst Big Environmental Winners

A day nursery group is celebrating after an exceptional performance in local environmental awards. Kent Wildlife Trust gave out 50 Wilder Kent Awards on 23 July, only four were the highest available gold awards, two of which went to Maidstone-based Pennies Day Nurseries which runs settings at Newnham Court and Hockers Lane. This is the second year of Wilder Kent Awards to educational settings and the first year in which gold awards have been earned. The nurseries built on the silver awards won last year, and both settings partnered with local green spaces – Vinters Valley Nature Reserve and Horish Wood – in initiatives involving planting wild-flowers and installing insect accommodation. Children from Pennies nurseries and their kids club (PKC) were involved, and the company have written two leaflets, which were given out locally to encourage parents from the nursery and other local parents to become involved with the green spaces.

Kent Wildlife Trusts’s notification of Pennies’ awards stated they “were really impressed by the amazing work that you have been doing at Pennies Day Nursery.” Pennies campaigns manager – Neil Nixon – who has coordinated the work across the company stated: “We’re really impressed with the work done by our staff, and very grateful for help we had from Vinters Valley Nature Reserve and Detling Parish Council. Our intention for the future is to build on this and find more local contacts who can help us with sustainability. The children have really enjoyed their involvement so far and we have many more ideas we can develop.”

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