Richard Sandbrook Award 2017

This year, the Richard Sandbrook Award has been shared between two applicants: Old Dauntsiean Charlotte Colquhoun and Upper Sixth pupil Charlie Wilks.

Charlie plans to create a teaching resource inspired by the path that lies along the former inner German Border, known as the ‘Iron Curtain Trail’. The division of Germany, by barbed wire fences and mine fields along the border, created a stretch of land that was untouched by human development for 38 years with a thriving biodiversity. Charlie plans to spend 2018 working as a teaching assistant in Bavaria to develop fluency in German. Her aim is to cycle a section of the trail, visiting museums and information centres along the route, in order to create a resource for primary school teachers covering a range of topics such as 20th Century history, biodiversity and conservation.

Lottie applied for funding for a two-month volunteering project in Bolivia with Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY). This is an organisation made up of teams of young professionals and volunteers working together to ensure the protection of wildlife and to raise awareness for the conservation of the Bolivian ecosystem. During her stay she will take part in duties such as cleaning, building, educating local communities, helping to rehabilitate the animals and more.

James O’Hanlon, Head of Careers, who promotes the Sandbrook Award at Dauntsey’s, said:

There were six very strong bids for the Award this year. After much discussion, the Committee and the Sandbrook family felt that the two winning bids each presented a unique opportunity to promote sustainable development in a creative and impactful way. We look forward to hearing about their programmes next year.”

The Sandbrook Award was established by the Old Dauntseians Association in 2009 to commemorate the work of former pupil Richard Sandbrook, OBE (1946-2005) who was the co-founder of Friends of the Earth. The award is open to current Sixth Form pupils at Dauntsey's and Old Dauntseians, aged 18-25 and is aimed at anyone who is planning a trip, project or research which promotes sustainable development in some shape or form. Applications may involve existing or new projects, study or research, and can be anywhere in the world regarding any area of sustainable development.

Richard Sandbrook OBE

Richard Sandbrook attended Dauntsey’s School between 1959 and 1964. He was one of the leading influences in the creation of what we know today as the environment and sustainable development movement. He was the co-founder of Friends of the Earth, Executive Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development, a Non-Executive Director of the Eden Project and close friend and advisor of Eden Project founder Tim Smit. He was a widely sought-after advisor and facilitator working with a huge range of people and causes including: The Prince of Wales, the United Nations, Water Aid, WWF, Save The Children, and the UK Government. He was awarded the OBE in 1990.