Maidstone Nurseries awarded Wilder Kent Gold Award 2023 for the second year running

Pennies is thrilled to share some wonderful news with our community! We are extremely pleased to announce that both our esteemed Maidstone settings, Hockers Lane and Newnham Court, have once again retained their well-deserved Wilder Kent Award Gold status. This achievement showcases our unwavering commitment to fostering a deeper connection with nature and supporting the natural environment.

Our journey with the Wilder Kent Awards began in 2021 when we proudly became one of the inaugural winners, achieving the esteemed Silver status for both settings. Building on this success, we pushed the boundaries even further, and in 2022, we were honoured to be bestowed with not just one but two prestigious Gold awards. To put this accomplishment into perspective, our two Gold awards accounted for an impressive half of all Gold awards granted in the very first year this exceptional standard was achieved.

As we stand tall in 2023, we are humbled to share that we are now one of only two organisations to have successfully retained this esteemed Gold status, further affirming our dedication to creating a #WilderKent and promoting a thriving natural ecosystem.

The Wilder Kent Awards, presented by the esteemed Kent Wildlife Trust, hold significance as they recognise those who have demonstrated exceptional engagement with nature and demonstrated remarkable support for the environment. Earning a Gold award is a testament to the fact that Pennies has gone above and beyond in our quest to protect and preserve our natural surroundings.

Our efforts to achieve this recognition have been deeply ingrained in our ethos. At Pennies, we firmly believe in embedding sustainability and a profound connection with the natural world into the daily experiences of all the children under our care. Through innovative initiatives, we strive to instil a sense of wonder and appreciation for the environment in the young minds we nurture.

A core aspect of our work involves forging pioneering win/win partnerships with local groups actively involved in sustainability. By extending our support to these vital initiatives, we not only contribute to the betterment of our local community but also enrich the learning experiences of our children. The valuable materials and knowledge we gain from these collaborations are thoughtfully passed on to the children, fostering a deeper understanding of the local environment and their role in safeguarding it for the future.

Looking ahead, we remain steadfast in our commitment to upholding this demanding standard as we step into 2024. Our vision for the future includes continuing and expanding upon this essential work, leaving a lasting positive impact on our environment and the generations to come.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated team, our supportive families, and the entire community for their unwavering encouragement and support. Together, we embark on a journey to create a #WilderKent and a brighter, greener future for all.