Norwich’s green heroes: Winners of the Norwich Eco Awards announced

Karen Withers with Kayley Goldie, left, Tamsin Yaxley and the rest of the Eco Club at West Earlham with their award. Photo: Bill Smith Karen Withers with Kayley Goldie, left, Tamsin Yaxley and the rest of the Eco Club at West Earlham with their award. Photo: Bill Smith

Saturday, March 8, 2014
9:00 AM

They are the unsung heroes whose quiet dedication helps make Norwich the green city it is, but now, as Norwich Eco Award winners, we can shout about their achievements from the rooftops.

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The five worthy winners have been recognised in the Norwich City Council awards, now in their sixth year, sponsored by the Norwich Evening News, which showcases local talent and commitment to the environment.

The victorious entries received their awards from the Sheriff of Norwich, Graham Creelman.

Those whose work was recognised include Bicycle Links, whose recycling workshop was named eco small or medium business of the year, and Fifth Quarter, whose development of edible community gardens won the eco community group prize.

Two schools were also honoured.

West Earlham Junior School’s dedication to making Norwich a more eco-friendly place to live saw it win the eco primary school of the year award, while the Open Academy in Heartsease won the eco secondary school title for its “huge range of environmental projects”.

And there was also joy for the Friends of Norwich in Bloom, which won the coveted eco hero title.

Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “I think the awards are really important because you need to celebrate and recognise the work that has been done across the community to be more environmentally aware.

“I think our eco heroes do an awful lot of work with the community. People see the flowers in the city, but they don’t realise how much work goes into them, and the extent to which they involve volunteers. That’s one of the reasons we chose them as eco hero.”

Asked why the awards matter, he added: “Last year’s eco hero said he thought he was the only person doing this sort of work. I think it’s really good for them to know that they are working on a number of similar projects and there’s an opportunity to mutually support each other, and to demonstrate what good ideas there are out there.”

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