Emersons Green’s nature celebrated in pictures

PEOPLE from Emersons Green and Lyde Green captured some “stunning” views of nature on camera for a fundraising calendar.

There were more than 100 entries in this year’s nature photography competition, organised by Emersons Green Town Council, with the theme ‘Nature in our community through the seasons’.

The best 12 were picked to be on the calendar by a panel of judges, who were not told who had taken each picture. Photographers were allowed to enter more than one picture, and some had more than one chosen for the calendar.

The overall winner was Ellen Hartguard, whose picture of frost on a flower, titled ‘Ice and Warmth’, will be on the cover.

The other winners were Agnieszka Ali, Alastair Jack, Lily Hui, Nikki Whitelock, Patricia Morgan, Paul Balmer, Stewart Martin and Tara Perry.

Entries were on display at an awards evening at Emersons Green Village Hall on September 7, when the winners were announced. The pictures are now on display at the library.

Town councillor Bobbie Sunderland said: “We have had some stunning photos this year.”

The event also had a presentation from professional wildlife photographer Nick Wilcox-Brown and update on the area’s community nature reserve, which now has 232 gardens registered.

Wildlife seen in the area includes the Jersey tiger moth and hedgehogs, while evidence of otters has been found in waterways  and a house martin survey has been organised.

The next nature event will be at the village hall on October 22 form 2-4pm, including apple pressing, crafts and a plant swap.

Copies of the calendar are being given by the town council to community groups in the area for them to sell to raise money to support their activities.

For more details of the community nature reserve and the calendar visit emersonsgreen-tc.gov.uk.