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Environment Bank celebrates award season success

Environment Bank Ecology Director, Emma Toovey, smiling and laughing


It’s officially awards season and we have already achieved some excellent results.  

It’s fantastic to be recognised for our work tackling the critical issue of biodiversity loss nationwide. Our meaningful, high-integrity, landscape-scale nature recovery projects are pioneering a new mechanism for biodiversity restoration through private investment and innovative thinking. 

So far this year, we are delighted to have won Gold for Best Growing Business at The University of York Enterprise Awards, particularly poignant for the team based at our headquarters in York. 

We’re proud to say that Environment Bank has been listed amongst the Ideas Forum’s Fast Growth 50, identifying our organisation as one of the fastest growing firms in the UK. 

Our Biodiversity Units have been awarded Silver for Best Product at the Global Good Awards, a clear demonstration that our offering is truly exceptional. With an expert team of ecologists working on Habitat Bank creation and already over 6,500 acres of land collated for nature recovery, our product is already delivering lasting results for nature and local communities.

We’re also thrilled to announce that our team has won ‘Environmental Best Practice’ at this year’s Green Apple AwardsIt’s an international award, so we are honoured to have taken home the prize for our innovative approach to restoring connected ecological networks. The ceremony will be held this November at the Houses of Parliament, making the evening especially exciting and memorable for us all. 

The Green Apple Awards are dedicated to ‘providing a global stage for initiatives that really make a difference’, which aligns perfectly with our ambitions. We have never been interested in a piecemeal approach to nature restoration, but instead seek to create large-scale projects with broad impacts.

We’re also very pleased to announce that our founder and chairman, Professor David Hill CBE, has been shortlisted for a Lifetime Achievement Award at the People Environment Achievement (PEA) awards this year.

The PEA awards, now in its 13th year, honours the individuals and teams whose products, services, and businesses are having positive impacts on our planet. Previous winners include Juliet Davenport OBE, Cat Fletcher, Polly Higgins, and several other Earth ambassadors committed to overhauling outdated systems and making change. 

The awards dinner itself will take place in November this year, and guests will include MPs, CEOs, and entrepreneurs. We can’t wait to attend and be inspired by other innovators in the environmental sector.

And awards season isn’t over yet! We have been shortlisted twice for the upcoming Great British Entrepreneur Awards, putting us in the running for two top accolades, Equity-Backed Entrepreneur of the Year and Sustainability Entrepreneur of the Year. For over a decade, these awards have been championing entrepreneurship, so it is truly an honour to have been shortlisted.

Our groundbreaking strategy is restoring biodiversity, supporting local communities, and taking vast strides towards reconnecting people with nature. We’re thrilled to be developing a presence in every corner of the country and well on our way to establishing at least one Habitat Bank in every local planning authority (LPA) area across England.

Congratulations to every member of our team for your trailblazing work, we can’t wait for more amazing results!