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Vote Now Closed: Vote for the OU in ‘Fertilise the Future’ shortlist

The OU's Floodplain Meadows Partnership is in the running to secure up to £180,000 of funding in Ecover's Fertilise the Future challenge and we need the help of the OU family to win!

Fertilise the Future provides grants for innovative green research and projects that can make a real difference to our planet. After making the shortlist, our Floodplain Meadows project is now going head to head with other eco-pioneers in a 'People's Choice' vote on social media.

Securing the funding would allow the Floodplain Meadows Partnership team and partners at Thames Valley Long Mead Restoration Project and the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust to continue maintaining, restoring and researching Britain's important and ever-decreasing floodplain habitats. The project team, led by Emma Rothero and Professor David Gowing, hope to enhance up to 100 hectares of intensively farmed land along the Thames into species-rich meadows.

How you can take part

Please spread the word, and vote for us on social media from Monday 30 November to Monday 7 December using the hashtag #TheOpenUniversityxEcover. Any use of the hashtag on a social media channel will go towards the public vote – you can also share posts from the OU's central social media accounts, including Twitter, from today.

To take a virtual tour through a floodplain meadow, please visit: or follow us on Twitter: @Floodplainmead

And to learn more about our partners, please visit the Eynsham Nature Recovery Network and the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust or get in touch via Twitter @BBOWT


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