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Green is the colour at Archant awards

PUBLISHED: 15:40 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 12 August 2010

Environmentalist of the year Winner
Picture: Spencer Griffiths

Environmentalist of the year Winner Picture: Spencer Griffiths

Spencer Griffiths

A PHOTOGRAPHER has been named Archant s Environmentalist of the Year by after her first proper solo exhibition. Anna Hillman, 33, from New Cross,

A PHOTOGRAPHER has been named Archant's Environmentalist of the Year by after her first 'proper' solo exhibition.

Anna Hillman, 33, from New Cross, was one of 14 winners at the Archant Environmental Awards last Friday following her Amazingness exhibition at the Viewfinder Photography Gallery in Peyton Place, Greenwich, last summer.

The five-week exhibition showcased Ms Hillman's photographs of nature conquering the urban environment, which were taken in the area around the gallery.

They included weeds rising from pavements and flowers growing out of mossy bollards.

Ms Hillman said it was brilliant winning the award adding: "I was really happy. I was quite surprised to win as I thought the judges wouldn't know that much about me but there is quite a lot of information on my website."

Workshops were an important part to the work and children were invited to go and take pictures of examples of nature conquering the urban environment, which were then used in the exhibition.

Ms Hillman said: "Art does have an effect on how people think about the environment - that is the plan! I get a lot of really positive feedback. It does make them more aware of things. Being aware of our own environment is really important in being in touch with the whole environment."

The Ravensbourne School, Hayes Lane, Bromley, was highly commended in the Best Environmental (Secondary) School for their numerous projects which the judges felt showed a great sense of teamwork and spirit. These include an allotment which provides vegetables to the school kitchen, a cycle fleet, recycling and altering the curriculum to the teach about the environment wherever possible.

Head of Geography Emily Fitzgerald, 29, said: "The students need to have ownership of the projects.

"As a school we feel we need to do it holistically and for it to be part of the school culture."

Other Kent green winners included Environmental Business of the Year Award (+200) which went construction contractor FM Conway Limited, based in Conway House, Rochester Way, Dartford.

They are the market leader in recycling and they ensure all their operations have 'green' thinking built into them making the company fully focused on building a sustainable environment for the future.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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