Stafford residents go green to scoop two national awards
By MikeBradley | Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 16:22
Two community projects started by Stafford Borough Council have scooped national environmental awards.
The 'Derrington - Way Ahead' low carbon
community project has won a Green Apple for the third time. The village
is no stranger to success having also bagged a national Future Friendly
And Derrington has again been joined in the
award-winning stakes by the Penkside Project in Stafford which has
netted its second Green Apple for community initiatives - which included
Highlights for the judges running the rule
over Derrington included 250 bird and bat boxes made by residents,
gateway signs to the village promoting it as an eco-friendly location,
and the creation of a 'Village Trail'- panels that guide walkers around
focussing on local topics and features.
The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have
become established as the nation's major recognition for environmental
schemes. The borough projects competed against more than 500 other
nominations throughout the country and will be presented with their
awards at the House of Commons on 12 November.
Judges are drawn from the Environment Agency,
the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered
Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.
Councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for
environment and health, said: "It is always pleasing to see projects we
have introduced and nurtured receive national acclaim. These initiatives
are aimed at improving the community for local people - and both have
local people and volunteers at their heart.
"I hope all involved will feel very proud of their efforts in achieving these awards."
Both projects continue to be supported by the
borough council in conjunction with other public sector, voluntary and
For more information about the award winning projects and other sustainable initiatives go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/sd