White Design project Cors Dyfi recently won a National Lottery Award, after receiving the most amount of public votes for the ‘Best Environment Project’ - 10,246.
Michaela Strachan, presenter of the really wild show, surprised staff and visitors when she presented them with the award. The observatory was the only Welsh project competing against six other projects to win this award.
The project will win a £2,000 cash prize, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and will attend a star-studded Awards ceremony, The National Lottery Stars, to be broadcast on BBC One on 21 September.
The project sits in the middle of a remote Welsh wetland, on the Cors Dyfi nature reserve near Machynlleth, allowing people to get a unique view of a rich mix of wildlife – in particular the rare ospreys that nest less than 200m away.
Michaela Strachan said: “This is a project I've always loved; it's connected so many people to ospreys and has been a huge success. It's because of the passion people have here and their commitment, that osprey have successfully bred here in Wales." "It's a great conservation success story considering that breeding pairs were extinct in the UK by 1916 and have only come back to Montgomeryshire in recent years." "For me this is a really deserving winner and I'm delighted to present them with their award.”
Emyr Evans, Manager of the project said: “It’s an honour that over 10,000 people voted to recognise us as the best environment project, and I’m proud we’ve gained this national recognition. Our staff, volunteers, and our many supporters have worked hard for us to win this prestigious award.
“National Lottery funding allowed us to design and build an observatory for everyone, where families can come and ask questions, where teachers and pupils can learn about the environment, where older people can enjoy nature, and where the community can volunteer and welcome visitors - there isn’t a building anywhere in Britain like it.”