Green awards greeted with glitz and glamour

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The iconic Blackpool Tower glowed green as the county celebrated the Blackpool Gazette’s annual Green Awards.

Nominees from across the North West gathered for the glittering ceremony at the town’s De Vere hotel, eager to find out if they would be crowned winners.

The Lancashire Evening Post and The Gazette Lancashire Green Awards, held at The Village, Herons Reach, Blackpool.

The Lancashire Evening Post and The Gazette Lancashire Green Awards, held at The Village, Herons Reach, Blackpool.

The event, backed by principal sponsor Remsol, was attended by local companies and organisations, as well as schools and community groups.

Now in its fifth year, the awards recognise achievements from across Lancashire and as the winners were revealed, cheers and applause broke out across the room.

The first winner to be revealed was Blundell Road Community Allotments, who won the best recycling project.

Coun Carol Lanyon, of St Annes Town Council, said: “We are absolutely over the moon with the award – people have worked very, very hard.”

The green retailer award went to Lancashire Carpet Reuse and Recycling.

In addition, Friends of Highfield Road Park were announced as winners of the Green Community Group.

Chairman of the Friends of Highfield Road Park Gary Pennington said he was delighted with the award.

He added: “It is a fantastic achievement and it just goes to show how a small group of people can make such a massive change doing the stuff they want to do.”

Next to be revealed was the green primary school award, which went to Middleforth CE Primary School, in Middleforth, near Preston.

Headteacher Ann Aspden said: “It means the world.

“Ever since I became headteacher we’ve been working towards becoming a green school.

“We are like a stick of rock – we’ve got green running all the way through us.

“Every day the commitment is there from all the children and the staff.”

The best kept allotment award went to Chorley Day Services, who have wheelchair friendly allotments.

Day centre worker Diane Russell said it was “amazing” to win.

Service user Michael McKeown added: “I’m just pleased we won something.”

The green tourism award was presented to Martin Mere, before the winner of the green secondary/further education award was revealed as Penwortham Priory Academy.

Headteacher Jim Hourigan said: “We are very pleased, and thank you to Myerscough College for the sponsorship.

“It is something we take a great deal of pride in.”

All winners walked up the red carpet to collect their awards, before the other finalists were invited to collect their certificates.

Preston Bus was revealed as the winner of green business of the year, before the final award of the night - the green ambassador award - was announced.

The award, in memory of Mike Atkins who helped to devise the Guild Wheel cycling route in Preston, had two winners on the night.

Karen Aguilera, who has dedicated her time to improving the environment and sharing her experiences and Glynis Goldsbrough, who has inspired children, parents and teachers to be more sustainable, were announced as joint winners.

Karen said: “It’s incredible - the things that I do, I don’t really do for recognition.

“I do it because I enjoy it and I want people to get involved.”

Accepting her award on stage, Glynis said: “We are both very very proud to be the first winners of this new award category and our thanks go to the Atkins family.”

Managing director of principal sponsor Remsol, Lee Petts, said he was pleased to sponsor the event.

He said: “We think it’s important to celebrate the successes people are having.

“Most of the people are making improvements because they want to not because they have to.

“We also want to share those achievements because we want to see them celebrate the achievements and more importantly to inspire others to act as well.

Lancashire Green Awards winners

• The best recycling project (sponsored by Remsol): Blundell Road Community Allotments.

• Green retailer award (sponsored by the Cobbler’s Den): Lancashire Carpet Reuse and Recycling.

• Green community group (sponsored by the Lancashire Evening Post and Blackpool Gazette): The Friends of Highfield Road Park.

• Green primary school award (sponsored by Global Renewables): Middleforth C.E Primary School.

• The best kept allotment (Sponsored by TEG Environmental): Chorley Day Services.

• Green tourism award (sponsored by Marketing Blackpool): Martin Mere.

• Green secondary/ further education award (sponsored by Myerscough College): Penwortham Priory Academy.

• Green business of the year (sponsored by Home Serve): Preston Bus.

• Green ambassador award (supported by the Atkins family, Guild Wheel User Group and Preston City Council): Karen Aguilera and Glynis Goldsbrough.

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