Winners of Suffolk’s Creating the Greenest County awards announced
An ethical fashion brand, primary school and hotel were amongst the winners as Suffolk’s most environmentally minded people were celebrated.
13 winners were announced at the Creating the Greenest County awards ceremony, in categories ranging from Green Hero to Local Food and Drink. The carbon-neutral event was held at Snape Maltings on Wednesday 17 July.
Jason Alexander received two awards, his Rubbish Walks social enterprise received the Waste Reduction and Recycling award and he was named as the Green Hero winner.
“I am absolutely thrilled and humbled to have won these awards. Just being shortlisted was amazing but to win is truly overwhelming. I meet and speak to green heroes from across the county and beyond virtually every day and continue to be inspired by their passion and determination to make a difference. To do the right thing. The best way we can achieve our goal of becoming the greenest county is to keep innovating. To keep inspiring each other, to keep collaborating with each other and to keep supporting each other. I have no doubt we will achieve our goal.”
With over 130 nominations for the awards, it is clear to see that many of Suffolk’s communities and businesses are serious about addressing their impact on the environment. Whether this is achieved by community litterpicks or businesses moving to electric vehicles, there is something that everyone can do to make a change.
Councillor Richard Rout, cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection at Suffolk County Council, opened the event and said:
“I would challenge anyone not to be inspired after attending a day like today. I think everyone here will be taking home at least one idea about how they can change their behaviour and support our ambitions for Creating the Greenest County in Suffolk.
“Since it’s launch in 2007, the Greenest County partnership has supported thousands of people and put millions of pounds into reducing carbon emissions and being more energy efficient in Suffolk. I’m focused on building on these successes and, as far as the Council is concerned, ensuring that becoming a carbon neutral authority by 2030 is embedded in everything we do.”
The Derek Moore Award, a special accolade, was presented to Dr Charles Beardall OBE as one of East Anglia’s most respected, longstanding conservationists. Through his work at Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency, he has helped Suffolk’s environment, and its people, throughout his career.
Attendees were also treated to a keynote speech from Asher Minns, Executive Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia. He spoke about climate change and climate emergencies, the global carbon cycle, the impact on the East of England and being net zero carbon.
The awards were sponsored by Adnams, BEE Anglia, Barnes Construction, East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board, Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds Limited, New Anglia LEP, Suffolk Waste Partnership, University of Suffolk and Vertas. They were held in partnership with BBC Radio Suffolk, Snape Maltings, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
- Enhancing Biodiversity and Landscape: E. J. Barker & Sons, Stowmarket
- Green Hero: Jason Alexander, Ipswich
- Greenest Business: Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf and Spa
- Greenest Community: GreenSnape Community Group, Snape
- Greenest Product or Service: Where Does It Come From? Ipswich
- Greenest School: Birchwood Primary School, Ipswich
- Greenest Small Business: Amarinth Ltd, Rendlesham
- Local Energy: The Schools' Energy Co-operative
- Local Food and Drink: The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm, Ipswich
- Sustainable Building: John and Sarah Barrett, Yoxford
- Sustainable Travel: EV Driver Ltd, Woodbridge
- Valuing Water: OBee CIC, Ringshall
- Waste Reduction and Recycling: Rubbish Walks CIC, Ipswich
- Carbon Charter Outstanding Achievement Award: Suffolk Fresh, Lindsey Lodge Farm
- The Derek Moore Award for outstanding service to Suffolk’s environment: Dr Charles Beardall OBE
Find the full list of Greenest County Awards categories at greensuffolk.org.