Eco warriors triumph at county’s green awards

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SCHOOLS, businesses and communities in Suffolk have been hailed for their stellar environmental credentials at an awards ceremony.

Bardwell Primary School, Bury St Edmunds businessman Andrew Hunter and Great Barton Village Hall were among those who triumphed at the Creating the Greenest County awards.

The winners at the ceremony, which was held at Wherstead Park during National Climate Week, were whittled down from 89 entries.

Bardwell Primary won the waste and recycling category for its numerous eco initiatives including a greenhouse built from 2,000 two litre plastic bottles attached to a wooden frame.

They recycle paper, card, plastic, ink cartridges, clothes and shoes, use paper free correspondence with parents and run a walking bus.

Mr Hunter was named Green Buisness Hero as chairman of the West Suffolk Green Business Forum, which provides information and runs demonstrations and schemes focusing on electricity monitoring and carbon reduction.

He has incorporated eco technology such as evaporative water cooling into his businesses Bury Physio and Worksafe.

Great Barton Village Hall came top in the communities buildings section following a refurbishment to make it energy efficient. Villagers set up a ground source heat pump and solar voltaic system.