London Tree and Woodland Awards 2014 - Highly Commended
The Awards highly commended Bankside Urban Forest as a wonderful example of an inspiring public space strategy which puts people, partnership working, creativity and urban greening at its heart.
Since its launch in late 2007, Bankside Urban Forest has planted over 250 trees through a range of place making projects across Bankside’s neighbourhood in Central London. It is coordinated by Better Bankside BID on
behalf of a range of partner organisations.
Read the Forestry Commission Case Study - http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/Awards2014BanksideUrbanForest.pdf/$FILE/Awards2014BanksideUrbanForest.pdf
Best Visitor Information Initiatives - Silver Award 2008
The annual awards, which are chosen by a panel of expert judges and by the public, are designed to celebrate what the diverse city of London has to offer Londoners and visitors from across the UK and the world – from entertainment to hotels and restaurants, shops and family days out.
Best Marketing & Communications Campaign - Shortlisted
The awards recognise outstanding individuals, projects and campaigns in 12 categories that have positively changed the way people travel
National Warden Charter - Accredited 2011, 2012
The Better Bankside team are highly skilled and trained Wardens and in 2011 were the first team in the UK to be awarded the Warden Charter due to their excellence in service. In 2011 the London Training and Resource Centre (LT&RC) set up the Wardens charter to highlight excellence within Wardens services throughout the UK. The Wardens Charter was developed to show residents, stakeholders and funders that local warden schemes are of a high standard, and are valued by local residents and businesses
Best Community Project 2011
For our Events Academy scheme - a summer scheme aimed at improving the prospects of young people in Southwark. Each year up to eight young people aged 16-21 spend a summer doing real work in real workplaces, organising a conference whilst gaining new skills and learning about a variety of careers, supported by Better Bankside businesses who offer training, mentoring and work experience opportunities over an eight week period.
British BIDs Proud Project Award
Better Bankside was awarded the British BIDs Proud Project Award in the Events & Festivals category for its work on MERGE festival.
Merge is an annual arts, music and performance festival. It creates experimental partnerships between artists and performers, placing them in unusual venues and situations that draw on Bankside’s rich heritage, local identity and contemporary culture. Through a series of exhibitions, performances, events and happenings, MERGE brings art, music and theatre to the community and millions of visitors every year.
DetermiNATIONS’ The 2011 Events Academy film won a prize in the Panasonic Film Nation Shorts competition in 2012. It was film of the month November 2011 and went on to win Best Fiction in the 17-19 years category. It achieved well over 18,000 votes and 20,000 views and was shown at Olympic live sites around London in Summer 2012.
Best Partnership Award
Judges described the BID as “a very innovative project, delivered at no cost”, which had a breadth of benefits. These included a safety initiative for cyclists and HGV drivers, with workshops aimed at educating drivers and bikers about how to negotiate road works and construction traffic hazards in the area. The scheme led to a reduction in accidents.