Keep Britain Tidy plans to extend awards to green space professionals

Keep Britain Tidy plans to expand its annual Network Awards to green space professionals.

The awards held on Tuesday night at the Tower Hotel London recognised excellence in environmental services.

Andy Walker, campaigns and communications director at the national charity, which took over running the Green Flag Awards earlier this year following the administration of GreenSpace, said: "One of the things we are looking at in relation to both our events and our awards is to provide a platform for our charity and part of that includes green space. We'd like to give them a higher profile next time round."

Green Flag award scheme manager Paul Todd said parks professionals put in a huge amount of hard work to secure and retain Green Flags and that was something the charity was keen to highlight.

Several innovative schemes were rewarded at the event. Overall winners were North West Leicestershire District Council for its Roadside Litter Campaign. This targeted lorry drivers and their companies after the council blitzed one of its laybys and found 68 bags of waste in two hours - some filled with human excrement.

Street environmental manager Ruth Mulvany said: "It was disgusting what we found. In Europe they are catered for but for some reason in this country they're like a lost group of people. they are forgotten about and don't have anywhere to go."

Mulvaney and her team persuaded big hauliers and other companies in the area to sign up to a charter. Staff agreed to dispose of rubbish in a better fashion and companies agreed to support their employees more with better facilities in depots.

The council gives the drivers a lorry litter pack, which included a list of local stopping places, showers and toilets. Locally based Pall-Ex, established by Dragon's Den dragon Hilary Devey was the first haulage company to sign up and North West Leicestershire District Council now hopes companies across the country will follow suit.


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