The Environment Agency is working with Rother Environmental Group on a public competition to make environmental improvements in Rye following the visit of a Hollywood film studio in June.
After the filming of The Monuments Men, starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, in Rye earlier this year, production company Rose Line decided to make a donation to support environmental projects in the town. Rose Line wanted to make the donation through a recognised environmental organisation, so on the recommendation of the Environment Agency, paid the money to the Rother Environmental Group.
The Rother Environmental Group has been working with and promoting environmental projects in the Rye area for over 26 years, and decided that the most appropriate way to spend the money donated by Rose Line was a public competition, inviting bids for environmental projects that will benefit the Rye area.
Applications are now open, and environmental projects can be anything that benefits nature and wildlife conservation, energy saving and low-carbon energy generation, promotion of re-use and recycling, water saving, flood prevention, sustainable transport, or the reduction of pollution.
Project bids should be submitted to Sandy Rodger, Secretary of the Rother Environmental Group, via email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 1 November 2013. Entrance forms and guidance are available from Sandy Rodger. Projects may seek any sum from £500 up to £4000.
A judging panel, which will be made up of representatives from Rother Environmental Group, the Environment Agency, and the wider Rye community, will meet in early November to hear proposals from any entrants, with results announced on 26 November.
James Bateman, Harbour Master at the Harbour of Rye, said: “There was a palpable excitement in the town earlier in the year when the film was being made, and it’s great that through Rose Line’s generous gift it has been turned into something that will benefit Rye in the long term.
“I would encourage any interested parties to get in touch with Sandy Rodger and make an application, and I look forward to hearing all the applications at the judging panel.”