Eco-friendly and economical projects scoop Green Awards - The Evesham Observer

Eco-friendly and economical projects scoop Green Awards

Evesham Editorial 14th Jun, 2018   0

A CELEBRATION of green projects across Wychavon district at Lower Smite Farm saw a number of Evesham groups walk off with honours.

The winners of Wychavon District Council’s 2018 Intelligently Green Awards were announced lasy Thursday at Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s base for the the awards which celebrate projects, activities and lifestyles which are not only good for the environment but also benefit the community or save money.

Severn Waste Services sponsored the ceremony which was hosted by leading British environmentalist and writer, Jonathon Porritt CBE and nominations were received from across the district.

Joint winners were declared in the individual and business category with Chris and Kathy Haynes and Robin Walker sharing the spoils from the night’s first award.

Chris and Kathy were honoured for their roles in the green refurbishment of Harvington Village Hall, active involvement in Harvington Neighbourhood Plan, Worcestershire Heat Networks project and promoting local food.

Robin was rewarded for his active involvement in Transition Evesham Vale, Cyclefest, cycle training for schools and Evesham’s Green Plan.

Volunteers and staff at Evesham Adventure Playground Association were celebrating after success in the community group category for their community pantry, bike project, bike swap library and adventure playground.

Green-thinking students at the De Montfort School scooped success in the schools/college and youth group category for their eco-school projects including a plastic reduction campaign and development of outside space.

Youngsters at Ashton under Hill First School received a special commendation for its campaign to promote the use of glass instead of plastic milk bottles in schools while The Orchard Getaway an off-grid, luxury glamping site set in a plum orchard at Hinton-on-the-Green, were the winners in the business category.

Evesham Adventure Playground Association were declared the overall winners and Dave Boucker, from the playground, said: “We are surprised and very proud to have won these awards and get some recognition for the things we’re doing. We hope this will encourage even more children and their parents to think green.”

Coun Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment and Street Scene at Wychavon District Council, said: “Our judges had a tough enough time selecting the finalists and it was even more challenging selecting the winners from such a high standard of entries.

“We want them all to act as an inspiration to other individuals, businesses and community groups in showing how creative projects that are both intelligent and green can really work for everyone in Wychavon. What an inspiring evening!”

Jonathon Porritt CBE said, “It’s been wonderful to be part of such an inspiring event and to hear about local people taking action in their communities.

“I’m a firm believer in the power of small numbers of people coming together to make a big difference and inspiring others in their communities. That’s what this event has been all about. “

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