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Moray charity scoops national award

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Jennie Martin, founder and executive director of Moray charity Wild things!
Jennie Martin, founder and executive director of Moray charity Wild things!

Moray environmental charity Wild things! has won a national award.

Founder Jennie Martin was presented with the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Environmental Award 2014 during a ceremony at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh.

The winners were determined by public votes, with the Findhorn-based charity - www.wild-things.org.uk - receiving the largest number in their category.

Speaking after Thursday’s ceremony, the ethnobotanist said: "I am touched to have been given this award and by all the people who took the time for vote for Wild things!, as well as the person who initial put us forward to the vote. I started Wild things! over 11 years ago with a small grant of £5,000 from the National Lottery.

"We now employ six people, have over 10 freelancers, 45 volunteers and have worked with over 12,000 children, teenagers and adults over the years.

"Our connection to the natural world can make us so much more than we think we are able to be. It can stretch the boundaries of what we think is possible, invigorate our hearts bodies and minds, as well as being a fantastic landscape within which to make meaningful friendship. This is all aside from the fact that it feeds and clothes us, treats our illness and so much more. How can we not care for such a precious commodity? That is what Wild things! does… one programme, one activity, one client, one camp fire or conservation project at a time.

"A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to vote – this wouldn’t have been possible without you."

The environmental education charity provides outdoor experiences for people of all ages regardless of emotional, physical or financial barriers.

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