UnTidy Britain is looking for additional judges for its Eco-schools top award – the green flag – because of the expansion of the scheme. Its website says:
Judges ensure that the standards the Award sets are high, but fair. They are independent arbiters of the award scheme, acting as points of contact between the scheme’s management and users of the sites that they judge. Judges are essential to the effective operation of the scheme. They have a background in nature conservation, ecology, parks and landscape management, community engagement, environmental issues, horticulture or related disciplines. Judges are all volunteers, giving their time freely to the scheme, though travel expenses are reimbursed.
Odd, I thought, that "Judges ensure that the standards the Award sets are high, but fair". And, rather than being "independent arbiters", I'd have thought that the role of a judge was to assess the achievements of the school against the standards which are set centrally by Eco-schools.
I'll not be applying.