Eco Citizen Award – win trees and plants for your school or community group!

Call for young Eco Citizens to come forward and be recognised in Essex and Suffolk!

We are inviting schools and community groups or parents and carers in North Essex and Suffolk to nominate young people under 25 for the region’s Eco Citizen Awards.

Run by Unity Enterprises East Anglia* in partnership with The Ink Bin** and Perrywood Garden Centre, the awards will recognise and celebrate children and young people who are going above and beyond their duty to tackle environmental issues. This could include impressive acts such as cleaning up swathes of litter or dramatically reducing waste, protecting our region’s wildlife and improving biodiversity, reducing their school’s carbon footprint or raising awareness of the impacts of climate change on our planet and communities.



We have already had some fantastic examples of young people across Essex and East Suffolk who are doing amazing things for the world we live in; anyone else interested in entering should get in touch via before 29th November to receive information about how to enter. The deadline for entries is 10th January.

Finalists will be invited to an event in North Essex in January, where we will also be inviting local school’s eco councils or clubs to come and meet each other and share ideas. The award winners will receive vouchers for their school or community group from Perrywood which they can use to plant trees or develop ornamental or edible gardening projects at their school or within their community. Vouchers can be spent at Perrywood Tiptree or Perrywood Sudbury.

Here at Perrywood, we want to encourage people to get more plants in their lives and we are particularly interested to hear how young people are greening up their communities.  Trees and plants play such a huge role, not only in tackling the effects of climate change, but also in encouraging wildlife and improving children’s mental health.


*Unity Enterprises East Anglia provides unique, bespoke and innovative projects, programmes and courses which support young people aged 12-25 to overcome barriers, understand their responsibilities, become positively engaged and focus on their future.

**The Ink Bin recycles used ink jet printer cartridges and can raise money for your school at the same time.