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Natural Flood Management ‘reverse’ auction tool piloted

posted on September 19, 2018

During three weeks over the summer, Sylva Foundation helped deliver a unique ‘reverse’ auction to support a range of natural flood management measures in Somerset.

Building on the technologies developed with the University of Oxford’s Long Term Ecology Lab (EU LIFE+ project NaturEtrade), the online auction tool allowed landowners to bid for funding to help deliver a selection of Natural Flood Management (NFM) measures: Maize Management; Grassland Sub-Soiling; Leaky Structures (leaky dams); Hedge Planting; Soil Bunds and Leaky Ponds, and; Hedge Planting on Bunds.

Landowners could select locations on their farm in which they could implement these measures, and the tool enabled them to bid for an amount of funding they considered necessary to deliver these. The lowest, or most competitive, bids – hence a ‘reverse’ auction – would receive funding from Somerset Rivers Authority.

NFM area

The Hills to Levels project area in Somerset, as shown on the Naturetrade NFM website

How did the auction work?

The auction allowed landowners to bid for funding to construct and maintain one, or multiple, NFM measures on their land. To do this, each user could bid for an amount of funding for the bundle of measures they wished to implement. The tool indicated whether their bid was ‘selected’, which meant that it would currently qualify for funding. This could change if other users submitted lower bids (i.e. will implement measures for less money). If a user’s bid changed from ‘selected’ to ‘unselected’, they would be notified via email, and they could then lower their bid if they wished to do so.

NFM dashboard

A screenshot of the dashboard page of the auction website (with dummy data) used by funders to manage the auction.

 

Funding to develop the technology was provided by the Environment Agency, and support for the auction itself was given by the Farm Wildlife Advisory Group, which liaised with landowners on the ground.

Outcomes from the pilot run over the summer are currently being assessed by Environment Agency and partners. Emma Claydon of Environment Agency, said:

“This summer’s pilot online ‘reverse’ auction was a fascinating first attempt at exploring this novel approach to achieving environmental outcomes as well as better value for public money. We will be analysing the outcomes to see how the tool can be improved for future uses.”

Although the auction is now closed, the website is still live, and contains further information about the auction, including FAQs: https://nfmea.sylva.org.uk

 


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More stunning tree prints available in online fundraising auction

posted on September 10, 2015
Latest prints from The New Sylva online auction

A selection of the latest prints from The New Sylva online auction

 

Seven more stunning prints of drawings from The New Sylva have been added to our online fundraising auction. Among them are giant redwoods growing at Benmore Botanic Garden in Scotland, ‘Bramley’s Seedling’ apples, an emerging ash bud, and pear fruit.

These are just a small selection of eighty special edition prints from the award-winning book The New Sylva that are being auctioned during 2015 to raise money for charity. Each print has been signed by our former artist-in-residence Sarah Simblet, and accompanied by an attractive Certificate of Authenticity, signed by both authors of The New Sylva. Both are embossed with a unique identifying seal.

Read more about the auction


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Sylva Foundation ebay for charity page

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Some recent feedback from winning bidders


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Latest special edition prints from The New Sylva now live in auction

posted on July 10, 2015

Each week over the summer we are listing a new selection of special edition prints from The New Sylva book. Here is the latest selection.

View all prints in our special fundraising auction

About the Special Edition Prints

Artist Sarah Simblet rarely sells her work as prints. This represents a unique investment and a special opportunity for fans of her stunning drawings. Each print will be signed by Sarah Simblet, and accompanied by an attractive Certificate of Authenticity, signed by both authors of The New Sylva.

  • Printing has been calibrated by the artist to ensure the finest quality reproduction.
  • Each print will be signed by the artist Sarah Simblet.
  • Each print is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by both authors of The New Sylva.
  • A unique embossing seal is applied on both the print and certificate, the latter including a red foil backing. The seal celebrates the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s Sylva of 1664. It reads: The New Sylva // 1664~2014 // Special Edition Print.
  • Only one copy of each print will be sold with its accompanying certificate of authenticity, which includes the drawing title and page number from The New Sylva.

Technical information:

  • The giclee prints have been produced by a specialist fine art printmaker on 330 gsm Galerie Prestige Gold Cotton paper with light-fast inks. There are no optical brighteners employed in the production of this paper, giving longevity and crisp image stability and detail, and it is typically used for gallery and museum-quality prints.
  • The Certificate of Authenticity adopts the same font and colours used in text of The New Sylva book. It measures A4 in size, and has been produced by the same professional printmaker.
  • The 80 prints range in size. The size of this specific listing is provided at the top of the description.
  • The print and certificate will be supplied unmounted and rolled in a large diameter tube, allowing the winning bidder to mount and frame to suit the final placement of the artwork.

Visit the auction page on the Sylva Foundation website

 

Sylva Foundation auction page on eBay for Charity

Sylva Foundation auction page on eBay for Charity


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Auction of Special Edition Prints from The New Sylva – now live

posted on July 2, 2015

The drawings in the award-winning book The New Sylva were created by internationally-renowned artist Sarah Simblet while she was artist-in-residence for the Sylva Foundation. Now a selection of 80 special edition prints are being auctioned to raise money for our charitable activities.

The Auction

Sylva Foundation auction page on eBay for Charity

Sylva Foundation auction page on eBay for Charity

The 80 prints will be listed on eBay under special conditions that support charities; meaning 100% of sales proceeds come to the charity. Given the high number of items, they will be listed in batches of approximately ten items over eight weeks. The auction will run through July, August and early September.

We have a created a page on our website which shows all 80 prints that will be listed in the auction: www.sylva.org.uk/auction

If you see a particular print that may wish to bid on, but which is not listed yet, you can subscribe to receive notice of new items on our auction page on eBay: www.ebay.co.uk/usr/sylva_foundation

 

The first ten prints for sale in our Online Auction. Each week we will list a new suite of ten prints.

The first ten prints for sale in our Online Auction. Each week we will list a new suite of ten prints.

About the Special Edition Prints

Artist Sarah Simblet rarely sells her work as prints. This represents a unique investment and a special opportunity for fans of her stunning drawings. Each print will be signed by Sarah Simblet, and accompanied by an attractive Certificate of Authenticity, signed by both authors of The New Sylva.

  • Printing has been calibrated by the artist to ensure the finest quality reproduction.
  • Each print will be signed by the artist Sarah Simblet.
  • Each print is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by both authors of The New Sylva.
  • A unique embossing seal is applied on both the print and certificate, the latter including a red foil backing. The seal celebrates the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s Sylva of 1664. It reads: The New Sylva // 1664~2014 // Special Edition Print.
  • Only one copy of each print will be sold with its accompanying certificate of authenticity, which includes the drawing title and page number from The New Sylva.

Technical information:

  • The giclee prints have been produced by a specialist fine art printmaker on 330 gsm Galerie Prestige Gold Cotton paper with light-fast inks. There are no optical brighteners employed in the production of this paper, giving longevity and crisp image stability and detail, and it is typically used for gallery and museum-quality prints.
  • The Certificate of Authenticity adopts the same font and colours used in text of The New Sylva book. It measures A4 in size, and has been produced by the same professional printmaker.
  • The 80 prints range in size. The size of this specific listing is provided at the top of the description.
  • The print and certificate will be supplied unmounted and rolled in a large diameter tube, allowing the winning bidder to mount and frame to suit the final placement of the artwork.

Visit the auction page on the Sylva Foundation website

 


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