Emma Robertson, Maddison Boekholt, Natasha Milliken, Councillor John Morten, Turoa Tahuhu, 
Isaiah Gillies, Jade McKay, Alberto Barrimond and Joshua Henderson from Springfield School with their winning certificate. Photo: Errol Wood.

Envirotown Win For Springfield


Nineteen films were submitted for this year’s Environmental Film Competition run by Lincoln Envirotown Trust. This marked a substantial increase over previous years and organisers hope that it is indicative of people’s concerns about their environment, a willingness to articulate these, and to suggest actions.

It was noted that a particularly pleasing feature of entries this year was that there were five independent entries by adult producers, alongside the assorted school age group and individual entries. As the acting Mayor of Selwyn, Councillor John Morten pointed out at the Awards’ Evening, the number of varied entries greatly enhanced the contest, but left the judges with a very difficult task indeed.

All the films were viewed at a fun filled evening and all producers and actors received recognition for the work they had put in, and the contribution they had made. Special prizes went to the category winners:

Preschool: won by Kidsfirst Lincoln who showed those present all the work they were doing to keep the Liffey clean enough for eels.

Primary School: won by Springfield School who detailed their amazing efforts to plant natives at their school, including a request to the local fire brigade to come and water them!

The adult producer Monika Rastoggi won her category with an excellent instructional film on how simple everyday routines can be adapted to give more sustainable living.

Lincoln High School students Lexi Richards and Libby Duncan won the overall ’Kea Trophy’ for their humourous instructional film on how to create beeswax wraps, for use in place of cling film.

Lincoln Envirotown thank those who sponsored prizes, their input was much appreciated.

Springfield Primary School were rapt, and quite rightly so, with their recognition and two pupils submitted the piece below to explain how their award came about:

Last year Springfield School replanted a corner of their School grounds with the help of local supporters and parents. Recently Springfield School entered the Selwyn Envirotown Film Competition. The criteria to enter the competition was that it had to be based around the environment and how we need to care for it. We entered a Powerpoint preentation that held tips on how to transform an old area that held dead trees and old grass, we also had to cut down a few pine trees because they were a safety hazard. We found some old fire wood lying in the grass.  This space is now an area that is full of natives. We planted natives so that native bugs and birds can make their homes in our grounds, we also made that space look a lot tidier. We explained the steps that we used and we also showed pictures of them. On Friday, September 14th we went to the awards’ night of the Selwyn Envirotown Film Competition at the Lincoln Event Centre. There were a lot of awesome videos about the environment and even Preschools entered and showed videos on how they can protect the environment. After all of the videos it was time for the awards, we got first place in the Primary Division, we all really enjoyed the night and everyone is proud of our entry.

By Natasha Milliken and Emma Robertson