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Suffolk Creating the Greenest County Awards: Full list of shortlisted finalists revealed with Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Ringshall businesses featured

The shortlist has been revealed for Suffolk's Creating the Greenest County Awards, which seek to recognise those who make the county a better place.

Judges were tasked with whittling down the list of more than 120 nominations to just 27 individuals, businesses and schools.

Among those shortlisted are E. J. Barker & Sons of Stowmarket for the Enhancing Biodiversity and Landscape prize, Precision Marketing Group in Bury St Edmunds for Greenest Business, and The Shed in Bury for Greenest Community.

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OBee CIC in Ringshall has also been shortlisted in both the Sustainable Building and Valuing Water categories.

Cllr Richard Rout, cabinet member for environment and public protection at Suffolk County Council, said: “I hope that Suffolk is as proud as I am, of the hundreds of people represented at this year’s awards.

"The council declared a climate emergency in March and it reassures me to know that Suffolk is full of people ready to support our ambitious targets and to help us become the Greenest County. I’m looking forward to meeting them at the event."

He added: “I’d like to thank all those who were nominated and encourage you to keep doing what you do. From businesses which are investing thousands of pounds in clean energy, to individuals who pick up a piece of plastic litter and put it in the bin, you are all making a positive difference to protect our environment.”

Winners will be announced at a carbon-balanced ceremony on July 17, which will see organisers reduce carbon emissions by encouraging guests to consider sustainable travel options and providing catering which is fully vegan.

The Awards are 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.

The awards are in partnership with BBC Radio Suffolk, Snape Maltings, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

Benedict Orchard, environmental sustainability manager for Adnams, who are the main sponsors of the awards, said: “As a company rooted in the heart of Suffolk, we take great pride in sponsoring the awards, in particular the ‘Creating the Greenest County Local Food & Drink’ award.

"We continue to be amazed at the innovative brilliance shown by Suffolk companies in achieving sustainable operations.

"We were recently recognised nationally for our sustainable impact with a Footprint award for Energy Efficiency, so we understand the importance of recognition and its ability to strengthen sustainable actions.”

The awards event will feature a keynote speech from Asher Minns, executive director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia.

For the full list of shortlisted finalists, see below:

Enhancing Biodiversity and Landscape

Suffolk Wildlife Trust (Carlton Marshes) - Ashboking, Ipswich

E. J. Barker & Sons - Stowmarket

Green Hero

Jason Alexander - Ipswich

John Popely - Beccles

Greenest Business

Precision Marketing Group - Bury St Edmunds

Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf and Spa - Melton

Greenest Community

GreenSnape Community Group - Snape

The Shed - Bury St Edmunds

Greenest Product or Service

Tools with a Mission - Ipswich

Where Does It Come From? - Ipswich

Greenest School

The Ashley School Academy Trust - Lowestoft

Tattingstone CEVCP School - Tattingstone

Birchwood Primary School - Ipswich

Greenest Small Business

The Greenhouse Cafe - Felixstowe

Amarinth Ltd - Rendlesham

Local Energy

Monks Eleigh Village Hall - Ipswich

The Schools' Energy Co-operative

Local Food and Drink

Birchwood Primary School - Ipswich

The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm - Ipswich

Sustainable Building

OBee CIC - Ringshall

John and Sarah Barrett - Yoxford

Sustainable Travel

Smarter Travel Limited - Colchester

EV Driver Ltd - Woodbridge

Valuing Water

OBee CIC - Ringshall

Alde Garden - Sweffling

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Cupboard Love - Woodbridge

Rubbish Walks CIC - Ipswich

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