Gordon has congratulated his “Cleaner Greener Champions” at a special award ceremony at the Solaris Centre – presided over by the Deputy Mayor Councillor Gary Coleman.
The award winners were chosen by a panel of judges – Elaine Smith MBE (Friends of Stanley Park), Annie Heslop (Marton Mere Nature Reserve), David McGrath (former manager of Blackpool Solaris Centre), Shaun Pickup (Dahlia’s Kitchen) and Councillor Gillian Campbell (Deputy Leader at Blackpool Council).
Deputy Mayor Councillor Gary Coleman presented the awards to an audience of over a hundred people for the following categories - Green Business, Green Activist/Community Group, Green Volunteer, Young Green Champion, Green Educational Institute, and Green Hero.
The winners were:
-Potty Pots (Highfurlong School) – Green Business
-Belle Vue Strawberry Garden Action Group – Green Activist/ Community Group
- Jim Wilkinson and Chrissie Smith (Salisbury Woodland) – Green Volunteers
-Declan Beard (Blackpool and Fylde College) – Young Green Champion
-Park Academy’s Eco Warriors – Green Educational Institute
-Enid Sharratt (Highfield Park Community Gardeners) – Green Hero (pictured)
Councillor Coleman brought the awards to a close with a passionate speech about why the work of individuals and organisations across Blackpool mattered in the wider context of green and environmental issues.
Gordon said: “I am delighted to announce the winners for my first ever Cleaner Greener Champions competition on the back of launching my Cleaner Greener Blackpool campaign here at the Solaris Centre on St Georges Day last year. We had a raft of excellent nominations and the judges told me they had a difficult time in choosing the winners.
“It is a testament to our town where we have so many hardworking individuals and organisations working together to make Blackpool a cleaner and green place for everyone. These awards are about recognising those contributions and efforts and ensuring green and environmental issues remain a key focus and priority for people in Blackpool.”
Enid Sharratt, 82, who was named Green Hero for her work as part of the Highfield Park Community Gardeners group said: “I am just thrilled to have won. I am also delighted the park got recognised because it’s a team effort from everyone at Highfield Road Park.”
Elaine Smith MBE, one of the five judges added: “It was wonderful seeing all the different people from green spaces and also the ones we don’t always know much about such as Belle Vue Strawberry Garden Action Group. I was also pleased to some of the smaller parks recognised and someone who volunteers in one of our local parks be recognised as the overall Green Hero.”