Birds get new homes thanks to 'bright idea'

Birds get new homes thanks to 'bright idea'

Nicola Hine

Birds get new homes thanks to 'bright idea'

New homes for the borough’s birds and bees have been provided thanks to the ‘bright idea’ of a nine-year-old schoolboy.

Aaron Cook, from Maidenhead, came third in the junior category of the Royal Borough’s Bright Idea Challenge Prize competition last year with his suggestion to provide more homes for wildlife in the form of bird boxes or insect houses.

Now there are 47 extra bird boxes – 15 for owls and the rest for smaller birds like blue tits – in 12 schools which requested them after hearing of Aaron’s idea.

He said: “I am very happy wildlife boxes have gone up all over the borough. It means we will get more wildlife in our gardens and nature reserves.”

Bisham Barn Owl Nest Box Group made and installed the boxes with the help of a grant from the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust.

Cllr Natasha Airey, cabinet member for youth services and safeguarding, said: “Aaron’s idea really impressed me and my fellow Bright Idea judges last year and I am so pleased it’s now up and running.”

She encouraged youngsters to enter the junior category of this year’s competition and let the council know what they would like to see in the borough.

The Bright Idea Challenge Prize 2015/16 was launched last month and encourages residents of all ages, businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors living or working in the borough to suggest ideas or solutions that will enhance or improve life in their area.

The winner of the main prize will receive £250 plus officer and councillor support to make their idea a reality using the competition’s shared funding pot of £20,000. 

A junior winner, aged under 18, will receive a smaller cash prize.

To enter, visit and fill in the online application form before 5pm on Friday, October 30.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their idea to a panel of judges.

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