A Black Country charity working with unemployed people has received two awards at a prestigious ceremony.

Groundwork Black Country was one of the inspiring schemes to reach the finals of the 2009 Waterways Renaissance Awards in Liverpool. They were awarded runner-up in the biodiversity category and commended in the partnership category for their work with British Waterways and Wolverhampton City Council.

The Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Canal Corridor Biodiversity Project aims to enhance the biodiversity along a 39km stretch of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal corridor between Stourton Junction and Penkridge. Through the project 24 unemployed people were given training to undertake the biodiversity work to assist them in gaining employment in the environmental sector.