Low Carbon awards Lincolnshire student top prize as bug hotel design brought to life

A student’s bug hotel design has been brought to life for her Lincolnshire school to enjoy after she won a hard-fought competition.

The contest was hosted by renewable energy company, Low Carbon in partnership with engineering group Bouygues. Low Carbon are developing proposals to build Beacon Fen Energy Park, a new solar and battery storage park east of Sleaford, Lincolnshire. The proposed project has the potential to power approximately 130,000 homes with clean electricity.

Felicity Bew, ten, came top in Low Carbon’s Build a Bug Hotel competition after entering at this year’s Heckington Show. The renewable energy developer, which had a stand at the event in July, called for children of all ages to draw their own dream bug hotel. With more than 45 entries, the winning design has now been created and presented to Felicity and her school, Grantham Preparatory School, for every student to enjoy.

The judges, from engineering group, Bouygues, were particularly impressed with each entries care for animals of all sizes and attention to detail. Felicity’s design included designated hay, log and stick sections as well as a spot for some fairies perched on top.  

Felicity, and the two runners up, Charlie Pick, seven, and Olivia Rimmer, aged nine from Cranwell Primary School, were also presented with a Bouygues RESPECT award and a £50 gift voucher.

The three final designs:

From left to right: Charlie Pick, Olivia Rimmer and Felicity Bew

Beverley Rodbard-Hedderwick, Stakeholder Manager at Low Carbon said: “We had some amazing entries for our Build a Bug Hotel competition, and it is testament to how brilliant Felicity’s design was that she took the top spot. It was great to see the passion from each entry and the consideration for biodiversity, sustainability and the animals who will live inside. 

“Each child who took part discovered the importance of protecting the wonderful insects that surround us as well as the power of renewable energy sources.” 

The competition began in July when Low Carbon attended Lincolnshire’s Heckington Show. The Low Carbon team was available to answer questions and provide up-to-date information about the proposed projects in the area – Gate Burton Energy Park and Beacon Fen Energy Park.  

More than 350 people visited the Low Carbon stall and, with the help of ‘Mad Science’s hair-raising experiments and solar powered gadgets, the benefits of renewable energy were quite literally brought to life.  

Mrs. Rodbard-Hedderwick added: “The Heckington Show was a fantastic opportunity to speak with so many members of the local community and hear their views outside of consultation. We were thrilled so many families visited our stall and enjoyed the Build a Bug Hotel competition as well as (safely) electrically shocking their family members with the help of Mad Science!”

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