The winners of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Scholarship have been announced today. This exciting initiative to encourage prospective British postgraduate students to put their big green ideas to the test was launched on 10th March with support from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Five finalists were announced at today's prestigious event, held in the grand settings of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, who will all receive up to £8,500 towards their tuition fees. The five scholarships were awarded to:

Martin Turner was announced as the overall winner with his idea of introducing microbrewery beer production to rural pubs. Martin believes that this will help the long-term economic resilience of rural communities and also act as a focus to encourage low-carbon technology to spread into local households.

With the support of the scholarship Martin will be pursuing an MSc in Environmental Management at The Open University. This September Martin will also be flown to Amsterdam to attend the final of the international Postcode Lottery Green Challenge competition, where €500,000 is up for grabs.

Commenting on behalf of People's Postcode Lottery, Deputy Head of Charities, Kate Pearson said, "This is the first year of the scholarship and we are hugely encouraged by the quality of the submissions received. We are delighted to award the deserving finalists a Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Scholarship to attend The Open University and are excited to see their fantastic ideas on how to build a greener, more sustainable world become a reality."

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