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E.J Barker & Sons farm in Stowmarket and Ringhall's OBee CIC among winners at Creating the Greenest County Awards 2019

A family-run farm in Stowmarket and a Ringshall community building group were among 13 environmental champions recognised at yesterday's Creating the Greenest County Awards.

E.J. Barker & Sons bagged the Enhancing Biodiversity and Landscape prize, while OBee CIC, a social enterprise which focuses on natural and traditional building projects, was crowned the winner of the Valuing Water award.

The carbon-neutral event was held at Snape Maltings and saw prizes handed out across a range of categories, from local food and drink to waste production.

Winners at the Creating the Greenest County awards 2019 (13978380)
Winners at the Creating the Greenest County awards 2019 (13978380)

Cllr Richard Rout, cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection at Suffolk County Council, said: “I would challenge anyone not to be inspired after attending a day like today. I think everyone here will be taking home at least one idea about how they can change their behaviour and support our ambitions for Creating the Greenest County in Suffolk.

“Since it’s launch in 2007, the Greenest County partnership has supported thousands of people and put millions of pounds into reducing carbon emissions and being more energy efficient in Suffolk. I’m focused on building on these successes and, as far as the Council is concerned, ensuring that becoming a carbon neutral authority by 2030 is embedded in everything we do.”

A keynote speech was given on the night by Asher Minns, executive director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia. He spoke about climate change and climate emergencies, the global carbon cycle, the impact on the East of England and being net zero carbon.

The awards were sponsored by Adnams, BEE Anglia, Barnes Construction, East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board, Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds Limited, New Anglia LEP, Suffolk Waste Partnership, University of Suffolk and Vertas. They were held in partnership with BBC Radio Suffolk, Snape Maltings, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

See the full list of winners below.

Enhancing Biodiversity and Landscape

E. J. Barker & Sons, Stowmarket

Green Hero

Jason Alexander, Ipswich

Greenest Business

Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf and Spa, Melton

Greenest Community

GreenSnape Community Group, Snape

Greenest Product or Service

Where Does It Come From?, Ipswich

Greenest School

Birchwood Primary School, Ipswich

Greenest Small Business

Amarinth Ltd, Rendlesham

Local Energy

The Schools' Energy Co-operative

Local Food and Drink

The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm, Ipswich

Sustainable Building

John and Sarah Barrett, Yoxford

Sustainable Travel

EV Driver Ltd, Woodbridge

Valuing Water

OBee CIC, Ringshall

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Rubbish Walks CIC, Ipswich

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