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Published 5th Dec 2011

Cllr Rostron  Robert Tate (Boro Becks Volunteer), James Wearmouth (Boro Becks Volunteer), Chris Corbett (Community Outreach Offi

Middlesbrough's commitment to combating climate change has been celebrated at a special event.

The One Planet Living Community Awards 2011 recognised the work undertaken by volunteers, community groups, schools and businesses to enhance the environment.

The event, hosted in the Town Hall by Middlesbrough Environment City, followed Middlesbrough Council’s recent endorsement by environmental charity BioRegional as a One Planet Living authority.

Eight categories saw the nomination of twenty seven projects whose work conforms to the ten principles of One Planet Living.

The Large Community Project award went to the Boro Becks team for their outstanding work in developing an engaging programme for the local community, enabling them to make a positive contribution to the management of the becks and enjoy them as valuable green spaces and wildlife corridors.

Fabrick Housing Group won the Green Enterprise category for their efforts to model their business on the ten principles of One Planet Living and effectively communicate this to their residents. 

Other highlights of the evening included a Group Lifetime Achievement award for Stainton and Thornton Green Spaces Group and the Len Poole Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Dr Bob King.

Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Community Protection, said: “The principles of One Planet Living underpin how we plan and deliver our services, and it’s great to see groups and organisations across the town embracing this vital initiative.

“There is nothing more important than protecting the planet that is our home, and by making gradual changes to the way we do things, we can live a quality life within the resources the planet can provide.

“Middlesbrough’s One Planet designation recognised the invaluable work being done here, and in turn these awards recognise the groups and individuals helping us to create a sustainable future.

“We all have our part to play - individuals, families, employers and organisations -  and if as many of us as possible do their bit, we will all start to see the benefits.”

Winners of each category are detailed below:



Small Community Project

Sure Start Easterside

Promoting Fairtrade

Middlesbrough Quaker Meeting

School Grounds Project

Kader Primary School

Community Facilities

Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind

Green Enterprise

Fabrick Housing Group

Large Community Project

Boro Becks

Sustainable School Project

Thorntree Primary School

Individual Volunteer

Eric Crosby

Group Lifetime Achievement Award

Stainton and Thornton Green Spaces Group

Len Poole Lifetime Achievement Award

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