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The search is on for Norfolk’s environmental heroes

Published on Tuesday, 4th September 2018

The search across the county for environmental heroes is officially on, as the Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards opens for applications today.

The aim of awards is to celebrate projects and schemes that demonstrate a commitment to an environmentally-friendly ethos, while giving often unsung individuals and groups a platform to showcase their achievements.

This year there are six categories that cover entries from:

  • Eco hero – the people’s vote
  • Eco food producer
  • Eco primary school
  • Eco secondary school
  • Eco community group
  • Eco small/medium business.

Last year’s event – our 10th anniversary - exceeded our expectations as far as entries were concerned, and we aim to top that this year. We extend a warm thanks too, for the generous support from this year’s sponsors Eastern Daily Press, Pixie Energy, Updata, Vattenfall, and Veolia. Without this support, we would not be able to run our eco awards..

Last year’s eco awards ceremony host, Richard Powell, OBE, chair of Wild Anglia, is a long-standing supporter of the awards says:

“The standard of entries continues to surpass itself each year. The value of the awards is to recognize what can be achieved at the local level, with the scale of projects that often get overlooked in the wider environmental and sustainability agenda, where the focus is often on bigger schemes. Long may it continue”.

Councillor Martin Wilby, chair of the environment, development and transport committee at Norfolk County Council says:

“The Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards are a positive way for us to recognise and celebrate environmental initiatives in the county. Last year we received a record amount of entries and we’re optimistic that we can continue to build on this success. Whether you’re a community group, business or school, I’d encourage you to take a few minutes to apply for this year’s awards for a chance to get the recognition you deserve for our eco-credentials.”

Councillor Kevin Maguire, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for safe city environment says:

“There are so many people across the county, with a passion for the environment. What I found particularly remarkable about the city entrants I was fortunate to learn more about last year, is just how much is being achieved where there may not be obvious resource and the innovation this promotes.

We are very much looking forward to learning about more of the exciting projects you’re working on and celebrating the difference you are making.”

The awards scheme is free to enter with an easy online application process. Winners receive a trophy and certificate as well as eco awards branding to use for their own marketing purposes. In addition, those in the community and high school categories who will receive £500 in prize money.  Primary schools will win tablets for their schools.

The eco awards are open for entries until Tuesday 4 December 2018. The official awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 28 March 2019, at The Halls, Norwich.

Please note the awards are only open to organisations based in Norfolk.

To apply, find out further information or learn more about previous year’s winners visit www.eco-awards.co.uk