Pride of Bucks Awards
PUBLISHED: 09:31 16 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:17 20 February 2013
Meet the people who love where they live, and show they care
Inspiring everyone to think about their communities and take action to reduce litter was the theme of the fantastic Pride of Bucks awards, held in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
The evening, which was organised by the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire through sponsorship from UPM Shotton and Biffa and funding from the Big Society fund, aimed to recognise those who took part in tidying up their area during Love where you live week (19-25 September).
After clearing up the River Ouse in Buckingham, members of Buckingham Town Council and their volunteers were awarded the Community Pride award in recognition of their dedicated support in coming together and clearing the river of litter and debris, including bikes and a horse skull.
The Youth Pride award went to Fulmer Infant School where twelve pupils cleared their school of weeds to encourage other pupils, staff and visitors to appreciate and take pride in their school and discourage litter.
Janet Cope, a resident from Bishopstone, was awarded the My Pride award for her fantastic contribution to keeping the streets of Bishopstone clear of litter by regularly litter picking and reporting fly-tipped waste.
Two photography awards were also presented to Abigail Eldridge from West Wycombe School and Paige Headley from Alfriston School. Both had submitted photographs of the areas they treasure and want the public to keep free from litter.
Steven Adams, Vice-Chairman of the Joint Waste Committee, said: It was truly inspiring to see the actions our residents had carried out during 'Love where you live' week. From clearing litter in their streets to clearing a river, they all showed just how important keeping Buckinghamshire beautiful is to them.
The evening was also a great opportunity for local communities and business representatives to find out more about how they can set up initiatives to promote the message in their local areas, with expert advice from Thelfa Al-Khafaji from Keep Britain Tidy.
Click on the weblinks below to see videos of two of the award winners:
http://www.youtube.com/buckinghamshirecc#p/a/u/0/CqH5nl8yg8c Janet Cope video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M4UZpli1yA Fulmer Infants