Last Updated: 20 Feb 2019 8:09am
A massive 146 groups and individuals have been recognised as Environmental Champions by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council for ‘going the extra mile’ to improve their local environment. The awards, now in their 10th year, are sponsored by Veolia, who have the contract for street cleansing and domestic waste collection in the Borough.
On Wednesday 13 February, Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Pam Bates, presented certificates to a further 10 groups and 4 individuals the winners, one of which is a litter-picking dog from Tonbridge, who were all nominated through the Borough Council’s Environmental Champions Award scheme.
The scheme, which was launched in 2009 to encourage more people to take an active role in helping to improve their environment, is open to all Tonbridge and Malling residents and anyone can nominate a person or a group to become an Environmental Champion.
The winners were rewarded for a range of environmental efforts which included litter picking. Each of the four individuals and the 10 groups won hampers of award-winning, local Kentish produce including limited-edition Spadework pink apple juice, Kent Crisps and locally made preserves from Spadework Farm Shop in Offham, West Malling. Local honey from a Marden-based bee keeper has also been included in the prize.
In addition, Contract Manager of Veolia Tonbridge and Malling, Paul Fitzgerald, also presented the individual winners and groups with ‘Love2Shop’ High Street Vouchers. This was by way of thanks for their fantastic work, and for demonstrating the various ways residents of Tonbridge and Malling can show they ‘love where they live’.
Mayor, Cllr Pam Bates, said: “I am very grateful to all our Environmental Champions for their dedication and energy in helping to make this borough clean and tidy and a great place in which to live. A hearty thank you too to Veolia for supporting the awards again this year. My congratulations to all our award winners – I hope that they are an inspiration to others to become Environmental Champions of the future.”
To nominate an individual or a group to become an Environmental Champion please call the Council’s Environmental Projects Coordinator on 01732 876295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.