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Celebrating Suffolk’s Nature With Suffolk Flora Preservation Trust’s Photography Competition

Written by Jack Rayner

13 Dec 2022


Charity, Competition

4 min read

The results are in and The Suffolk Flora Preservation Trust have chosen deserving winners for its new photography competition, sponsored by our Saxmundham branch, who judged the winners and created canvases for them to take home.

Budding photographers of the public were challenged to get photographs of ‘flowers, foliage and wildlife’ at one of the Trust’s two reserves in the county, highlighting some of the minor but vital details in nature. All the winners were then presented with canvases proudly displaying their entry photograph, you can view them all at the bottom of this article.

The Suffolk Flora Preservation Trust is an entirely volunteer-run conservation charity. Its mission is to purchase land to “permanently preserve for the benefit of the public generally, especially the inhabitants of the county of Suffolk, sites of beauty or historical or ecological interest or scientific importance and in particular the natural flora of the county of Suffolk”.

Our mission is focused on protecting local nature and to ensure maximum environmental and social change. Founded over 170 years ago to help people acquire land and well-built homes, and in doing so secure the vote, environmental and social issues continue to underpin everything the Society does.

Shelley Curtis, Member Experience Manager at Suffolk Building Society said:

“We always want to put our community and environmental efforts into the right areas and this initiative with the Trust seemed spot on. We carried out research this year to uncover the priorities of local people. Ninety-one percent of respondents in the Eastern region said conserving wildlife and the natural world was the most important social issue to them.

“The Society allows staff paid volunteering of 4 hours per month in positions with our key charity partners or our chosen UN Sustainability Goals. I am going to use some of my volunteering time to join the Trust as a ‘guardian’.”

The Chair of the Trust, Earl of Cranbrook, said of the collaboration:

“We welcomed the sponsorship by Suffolk Building Society, and are delighted by the brilliant prize-winning photographs that will be displayed at the Society’s offices. We hope to develop this good relationship with Suffolk Building Society, and their members, in future years.”

Photo caption:

From left to right – Celandine Mitchell-Cotts, Evelyn Parkinson, Shelley Curtis from Suffolk Building Society, Ann Follows, Jenny Nutbeem.

1st Prize: Evelyn Parkinson
2nd prize: Ann Follows and commendations to the others.

You can view all the competition winners and their prize canvases below.

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