The ICE West Midlands Annual Awards 2022 were held in Birmingham, attracting over 180 guests to celebrate the region’s winning projects and people.
The first UK bog edge habitat restoration in centuries triumphed at the 2022 ICE West Midlands Annual Awards, winning the overall prize and the Sustainable Award.
The project was honoured at the region’s first in-person gala dinner and awards ceremony since 2019.
The awards, presented by ICE President Ed McCann and ICE West Midlands Regional Chair Vicky Bache, comprised 18 project awards and three people awards, with one overall winner.
The winning projects were significantly completed in the last 12 months and handpicked by seven expert judges from the region.
Much needed social gathering
Held in Birmingham on 5 May 2022, the event brought together a wide-range of industry professionals for an evening of networking and much needed social gathering after the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.
Polar explorer Ann Daniels was a guest speaker at the event, inspiring the audience with her experience of exploring both poles.
On the night, guests raised over £1000 for the regional chair’s chosen charity, St Giles Hospice.
The awards ceremony was sponsored by Cordek, WM Longreach and WSP.
‘Exemplar in terms of sustainability’
The overall winner, the Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project, was designed to restore Britain’s third-largest lowland raised bog.
It’s located within the Fenns, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses and the Wem Moss national natural reserves (NNR), near Whitchurch and Wrexham.
After hundreds of years of exploitation, no one in the UK had ever tried to restore bog edge habitats on this scale.
The project was delivered by WM Longreach in association with Natural England, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Brian Killingworth WSP and RAB Consultants.
As well as being environmentally sustainable, the project will help the local economy by attracting visitors to the area, encouraging volunteer involvement and providing education opportunities.
The judges all agreed this project was exemplar in terms of sustainability.