Suffolk’s greenest celebrated
Suffolk’s greenest were celebrated at the‘Creating the Greenest County’ awards last night.
The county's most dedicated and innovative schools, businesses and communities were presented with ‘Creating the Greenest County’ awards last night.
At a ceremony held at Wherstead Park, projects, organisations and individuals battled for 19 prestigious ‘Green Oscar’ titles.
Now in their fifth year, the awards promote great examples at a variety of levels and different scales - from large organisations taking significant steps to reduce their negative impacts, to individuals in communities growing local foods and educating others as to how to live more sustainably.
Winners were as follows:
- Greenest School: Birchwood Primary School, Martlesham Heath
- Building Energy and Water: Gislingham and Palgrave CEVCP School
- Travel and Traffic: Corton VC Primary School, Lowestoft
- Food and Drink: Abbots Green Community Primary School, Bury St Edmunds
- Waste and Recycling: Great Waldingfield Primary, Sudbury
- Building and Waste Management: Aid to Hospitals Worldwide, Bury St Edmunds
- Transport: West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Bury St Edmunds
- Culture: Taylor Made Joinery Interiors Ltd, Ipswich
- Product: Cyberpac T/A Harmless Packaging, Ipswich
- Small Business: Essential Care (Organics) Ltd, Bury St Edmunds
- Greenest Pub, Club or Hotel: The Coach House, Woodbridge
- Green Business Hero: Kieron Lingard, Ipswich
- Building, Energy and Water:The Rattlesden Community Council, Nr Stowmarket
- Community Energy Project: Green Energy Nayland
- Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Coasts and Heaths - Groundwork East of England, Woodbridge
- Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Dedham Vale - Leavenheath, Polsted and Stoke by Nayland Community Woodland Steering Group
- Local Food: The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm CSA, Ipswich
- Landscape and Biodiversity: Riverside Projects team (Volunteering in the community), Sudbury Common Lands Charity
- Green Community Hero: Terry Peake, Wickham Market Parish
The standard of award entries was very high, giving the 30 judges from a range of local organisations a very difficult task in picking winners from the 101 award entries.
Scooping the award for ‘Greenest School’, was Birchwood Primary School in Martlesham Heath. The Eco-Schools scheme is at the heart of the school’s work and the headteacher and staff are committed to involving the children throughout the entire programme, including planning, monitoring and decision making. Notable achievements include solar panels on the roof of the school, creation of a weekly gardening club and regular litter picks involving the whole school.
Steve Clarke, Headteacher of Birchwood Primary School said;
“We are very proud of our achievements and feel honoured to have received the title of ‘Greenest School’. We recognise that the natural world is a stimulating environment that induces well-being and enables the children to learn in a new and exciting way.”
Winner of the ‘Small Business’ award was Essential Care (Organics) Ltd, based in Bury St Edmunds. All their packaging is recyclable, and the raw materials used for their skincare and cosmetic products are sourced as locally as possible, with over 75% of their ingredients from organic agriculture.
Margaret Weeds, Founder of Essential Care, said;
“We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have won this award against such fierce green competition.
“As a company we have been on a mission to make the purest skincare on earth since we began in 2003. We are committed to caring for the environment and sourcing products where possible, from sustainable and renewable resources, free from chemical contaminants, and either recycled or can be recycled safely.”
Councillor Judy Terry, Portfolio Holder for the Greenest County said; "I am absolutely thrilled that we have received so many excellent entries for these awards this year. This shows that schools, communities and businesses of Suffolk still recognise the importance of protecting our environment. These awards are about publicising the lessons learnt and are key to delivering the Creating the Greenest County element of Suffolk's Community Strategy, Transforming Suffolk.
“I would especially like to thank Lord Deben and Richard Powell for being such key supporters in helping us make Suffolk the greenest county.”
David Barker, Chairman of the Creating the Greenest County Delivery Partnership said;
"Suffolk communities, businesses, schools and individuals have shown real dedication and enthusiasm in their entries, the quality of which has risen year upon year.
“The standard of entries has been testimony to a range of people across Suffolk who are committed to reducing their environmental impact, saving money and taking a real pride in Suffolk’s environment. The people and organisations that have entered the awards are an inspiration to us and they are helping to turn our aspirations into reality.”
Creating the Greenest County is one of Suffolk’s top priorities. The ambition is to reduce Suffolk’s carbon emissions by 60% by 2025 and to protect and enhance our natural historic and built environment. The partnership consists of organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors from across the county.
The awards were sponsored by the Environment Agency, Adnams, Carillion, the Port of Felixstowe, University Campus Suffolk, the East of England Cooperative Society, Thorpeness and Aldeburgh Hotels, AV Unit and Suffolk County Council.