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  • Watermark awards

    Celebrating 25 years with special funding

    Since 1993 our Watermark awards have supported more than 1,000 groups and projects to improve their local environment and bring people closer to nature.

    Working with the Conservation Foundation, an environmental charity founded by David Bellamy, we have supported a wide range of projects from community gardens, allotments and orchards to pond dipping platforms, animal and nature conservation projects and forest school activities.

    To mark the 25th anniversary, we have been inspired by Sir David Attenborough's call to action in the BBC's Blue Planet II and will be providing some additional funding to address the urgent need to reduce single-use plastics.

    We want to encourage groups to provide a local refill point to help people refill bottles from the tap instead of buying water or other drinks in plastic bottles that are thrown away after a single use.

    During Watermark's silver jubilee year, our regular award scheme continues - this enables schools, parish councils, youth groups and community organisations are eligible to apply for grants of up to £1,500.

    And every three months a special project receives the Wessex Watermark gold award worth £2,500.

    All applications for Watermark awards are considered by a panel of experts chaired by botanist, television presenter and Conservation Foundation co-founder David Bellamy.

    The awards are open to research projects identified in local authority biodiversity action plans (BAP) or Wessex Water’s own BAP.

    How to apply

    You can apply for our special funding to reduce single-use plastics or the regular awards using the Watermark leaflet - see related downloads.

    For more information:

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