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Tilgate Nature Centre wins prestigious award



Crawley Borough Council’s very own zoo has won a gold sustainability award from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).

Tilgate Nature Centre in Tilgate Park picked up the award for its STAR (Switch To A Reusable) and Zoostainability campaigns. The BIAZA Annual Awards showcase a wide range of exciting projects from BIAZA zoos and aquariums.

The nature centre is home to more than 100 different species, from otters to owls, tapir to terrapins, and reindeer to raccoon dogs. 

Through the creation of a sustainability movement, visitors to Tilgate Nature Centre were encouraged to consider more sustainable choices in their everyday life.

Zoostainability is an initiative to raise awareness of overall sustainability issues and STAR, Switch To A Reusable, more specifically on encouraging behaviour change to ditch disposable items and use reusables.

The nature centre team created fun, interactive activities for visitors on sustainable palm oil and litter pollution, 3D signage and a pledge tree.

BIAZA said:

“Visitors engaged with the various activities and 70.8 per cent of 388 visitors were able to retain information on sustainability. As a council-run zoo in a large park this movement has had the opportunity to make a far-reaching impact.”

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing at Crawley Borough Council, said:

“This is great news for Tilgate Nature Centre, Tilgate Park and the council.

“The award is testament to the hard work and dedication of nature centre staff. As well as caring for a wide range of animals, they look for ways to operate more sustainably and this award reflects that.”

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Crawley businesses take out over £90m in loans to survive COVID-19



Statistics released by the Government have revealed the true extent of lending taken up by businesses across Crawley.

According to a release from the office of Crawley’s MP Henry SMith, businesses across Crawley have benefitted from £92,721,494 worth of loans since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This includes 1,724 Bounce Back Loans worth £51,495,006 and 102 loans at a value of £41,226,488 through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme.

The number is part of the vast number that have been taken out throughout the whole of the south east of England, where a total of 175,946 Bounce Back Loans, worth £5,269,988,799, and 9,026 Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans, worth £2,154,703,689, have been provided to support businesses across all sectors, protecting jobs and livelihoods.

Crawley MP Henry Smith said;

“This year has been hugely challenging for businesses in Crawley, but these latest figures demonstrate the scale of support that the Government has put in place to protect livelihoods and businesses.

“Never has the Government’s agenda to level up the whole county been so important. I’ll continue to focus on supporting hardworking families across Crawley.”

With cases still rising and worries that more areas across the country may enter tighter restricttions, the Chancellor has also announced that the Government’s Job Support Scheme will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, alongside increasing the cash grants to businesses in England required to shut in local lockdowns to support with fixed costs – worth up to £3,000 per month.

So far, the Government has provided over £200 billion throughout its economic response to coronavirus to support jobs and businesses in the UK.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, commented;

“Our support for businesses and workers has provided a lifeline to employers up and down the country, supporting people to stay in jobs and protecting livelihoods. “We will build on this as we move to the next stage of our recovery through the Winter Economy Plan, which will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the months ahead.”

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