2020 Cherwell Business Awards
As proud winners in the 2019 Cherwell Business Awards, Nicholsons are delighted to be working with the awards team this year as one of their sponsors.
Now in their 9th year, the Cherwell Business Awards showcase business excellence across the Cherwell District through a range of categories. Nicholsons will be sponsoring the ‘Charity and Community Award’, open to any social enterprise in the district, irrespective of business size.
The awards launch on Tuesday 5th November, 2019, and those interested can register for tickets through Eventbrite. Applicants will be required to fill out an application form, those long-listed will be interviewed by phone and short-listed applicants will be visited as part of the judging. More information can be found on the Cherwell Business Awards website.
This particular awards category aligns with the Nicholsons’ core value of giving back, using our position to help others where we can. The company’s outreach starts on our doorstep in North Aston and reaches right out across the seas to our ‘Trees in the Wild’ project in Kenya through two main approaches.
From designing and creating Forest Schools (read our latest update here), to helping nearby Deddington Primary School install a vegetable garden, the first branch of our charitable aims centres around education. Numerous studies find links between children’s wellbeing and quality of learning when they have access to an outdoor area, and it helps children foster a love and respect of nature and living things.
A second branch of great importance has received a lot of media attention in recent years. The global need to plant more trees and halt deforestation is becoming widely recognised as essential to combatting climate change. Released in May, ‘Net Zero: the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming’ outlines targets by the Committee on Climate Change and drives for our current 13% of woodland coverage nationwide to be increased to 17% by 2050 (the European average currently sits at 35%). To reach 17% would require planting 30,000 additional hectares annually for the next 30 years. In the 2018-19 season, only 13,000 hectares were planted across the UK, and 11,000 of these were in Scotland. The longer-term aims of Net Zero look to see an eventual increase to 50,000 hectares per year, which would return a nationwide coverage of 19%.
With these targets far exceeding our current planting rates, Nicholsons are looking for ways we can help. Our ‘Trees in the Wild’ project hopes to see 1 million trees planted over the next ten years in the Mara region of Kenya, where deforestation has been a significant issue and had great impact on the local communities and ecosystems. Alongside this, discussions are underway as to how we can help further with more tree planting initiatives, and we are meeting with experts and similarly-minded individuals to determine our next steps. Updates will be issued in the monthly Green Paper for those who are keen to follow our progress.