The shortlist for the prestigious Love Where You Live Awards has been revealed and there are going to be some tough decisions ahead for this year's judges.
The competition is heating up and once again the judges are faced with the difficult job of deciding who will be crowned the Environmental Heroes and overall winner of RCT for 2019!
The unique scheme, which is now in its eleventh year, celebrates and highlights the excellent work that is taking place by individuals, community groups, schools and Streetcare staff to make Rhondda Cynon Taf a cleaner, greener, County Borough.
This year, one special entry has been shortlisted in two award categories for their unique project:
Treorchy Primary School has worked with Matthew Williams, who owns the award winning local business - Crispy Cod Fish Bar. The children were keen to look at ways they could improve the environment in their local area and with Matthew's help they headed to Rest Bay, Porthcawl to carry out a litter pick. In the depths of winter the children trawled the beach and removed four large bags of rubbish off the beach.
The passion the children showed was passed on to the other pupils in the school. They made a video to share with the local community through the school’s Facebook page, which has so far been viewed over two thousand times. This has helped raise awareness and educate people about the importance of taking their rubbish away with them after a day at the seaside, to ensure we keep our beaches litter free.
Treorchy Primary School’s project is just one of the many, amazing schemes shortlisted in this year's Love Where You Live awards, which is set to take place on 12th July 2019.
Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said:
“The Love Where You Live awards have gone from strength to strength since it started and this year is set to be the best yet – the awards look to celebrate and reward the hard work and dedication of the amazing individuals, groups, schools, teams and businesses we have in RCT that are working together for a cleaner and greener County Borough.
“The 2018 awards highlighted some fantastic projects taking place in our local communities – ranging from turning other peoples’ trash in to treasures for charity to dog fouling crusaders.
“I’m very much, looking forward to the 2019 awards and meeting all the environmental heroes that have been shortlisted.”
The 2019 finalists are:
Community Environmental Champion – Sponsored by Smart Solutions
- Casey-Jane Bishop
- Christina Shallish Lewis
- Carys Romney & Julie Barton
Most Innovative Environmental Project – Sponsored by JPK Trade Supplies Ltd
- Rose North & Brynna Community Council
- Penygawsi Primary School
- Treorchy Primary School
Best School Environmental Initiative – Sponsored by Celtic Tyres
- Llanhari Primary School
- Penyrenglyn Community Primary School
- Treorchy Primary School
Best Kept Community/Best Community Project – Sponsored by Amgen Cymru
- Cwmaman Woodland Group
- Cynon Valley Allotment Society
- Lee Gardens Pool, Penrhiwceiber
School Environmental Champion (Pupil) – Sponsored by Tom Prichard
- Pupils at Ferndale Community School
- Pupils at Penpych Community Primary School
- Pupils at Penygawsi Primary School
- Pupils at SS Gabriel & Raphael RC Primary School
School Environmental Champion (Teacher) - Sponsored by Dennis Eagle
- Danielle Hipkiss - Cwmclydach Primary School
- Aled Hughes – Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tonyrefail
- Rebecca Jones - Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Gymunedol Llantrisant
Best Local Authority Team of the Year – Sponsored by C.E.M. Day Ltd
- Aberdare Town Centre Cleansing Team
- Fly Tipping Enforcement Team
- Street Cleansing Supervisory Team
For further information visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/awards or alternatively contact the Streetcare team on 01443 827700 or email LoveWhereYouLive@rctcbc.gov.uk
Posted on Wednesday 10th July 2019