Previous Community Award Winners
Clean, Safe and Green Community Champion Award 2018
The 2018 winners of the Community Champion Award were Tring in Transition in the group category and Anna Schofield in the individual category.
The Tring in Transition group transformed the once litter-strewn, derelict site at Duckmore Lane into a beautiful Tring community garden. The garden is split into two main areas. The first area is for the growing of annual crops in raised vegetable beds, hosting barbecues and gatherings. The second area is being developed as a Forest Garden - with a selection of fruit trees, bushes and smaller plants. By increasing the variety of plants, herbs and wildflowers, a greater number of butterflies and insects have been encouraged, with birds also nesting in the perimeter hedge. Using permaculture techniques and a no-dig approach, a sustainable garden has been successfully created.
Anna Schofield runs Anna's Funky Art, which recycles and upcycles unwanted furniture into artistic treasures. Furniture is sourced either from marketplace websites, found fly-tipped by the roadside or offered directly by people who have been told about her work.
Anna also shares her skills and expertise at special workshops, which she runs from her art studio at her Hemel Hempstead home. Adults and children are encouraged to consider what they are throwing away, and think about other, creative ways to reuse their old or unwanted items.
The 2018 highly commended winners were Boho Boxmoor in the group category and Kirsten Riemer in the individual category.
Boho Boxmoor is a voluntary group that works to keep Boxmoor clean, safe and green by carrying out various activities involving all sectors of the community. Kirsten has brought her local community together, organising monthly 'Pavement Playing Out' sessions along a section of Beaconsfield Road in Tring, as well as an annual summer street party.
Clean, Safe and Green Community Champion Award 2017
The 2017 winners of the Community Champion Award were the Friends of Halsey Field in the group category and David Drew in the individual category.
Halsey Field was recognised as a Local Wildlife Site in 2015, since then dedicated volunteers have worked hard to reach charitable status as The Friends Of Halsey Field.
The Friends ensure that the site is as clean and safe as possible for visitors through frequent litter picks, discouraging dog fouling in the area and clearing paths of vegetation.
Working parties are hosted throughout the year to manage invasive species, carry out conservation work, and a range of regular surveys for butterflies, moths, insects, flowering plants and mammals are carried out to keep track of the site’s biodiversity – which has been improving under the new management plans.
David Drew is a Parish Warden for Nash Mills who outside of work litter picks on a daily basis along the canal, collecting any recyclable items separately and reporting any fly-tipping, dog fouling and abandoned cars that he comes across. If he discovers any lost property he will do his best to return this to whoever it belongs to - his best achievement being reuniting a donkey with its owner!
David also takes the time to stain and maintain benches for the community to relax on and during cold snaps will ensure that the paths of elderly residents are all gritted so that they can leave their homes safely.
Clean, Safe and Green Community Champion Award 2016
The 2016 winners of the Community Champion Award were Boho Boxmoor in the group category and Harry Stevens in the individual category.
Boho Boxmoor is a community Facebook page that works to keep Boxmoor clean, safe and green by carrying out various activities to involve all sectors of the community. They have successfully organised litter picks, created a Boxmoor in Bloom campaign, where they gave out 600 sunflower seeds to local schools for a sunflower competition, organised a hanging basket competition for local residents and businesses, run community gardening events to spruce up flowerbeds and alleyways, and also work with schools to create dog fouling posters. This is a dynamic group with diverse ideas to keep their community engaged in civic pride activities.
Seven-year-old Harry was our youngest ever winner in this category. Since the age of three, Harry has been passionate about recycling, regularly showing his neighbours what can and cannot be recycled in the bins, as well as reminding them of their bin collection days. Now that he is older he wheels out his neighbours’ bins, makes tea for the collection crew, picks up any litter on his street to keep it clean and safe and helps an elderly neighbour who struggles to put out her bins. Harry’s enthusiasm for recycling and his kind nature have created a neighbourly community spirit.
Clean, Safe and Green Community Champion Award 2015
The 2015 winners of the Community Champion Award were Friends of Chipperfield Common in the group category and John Savage in the individual category.
The friends group has grown to 40 members since it was formed in 2009. Their aim is to empower,involve and inform members of the public who want to get a bit closer to management issues on the Common. They have laid hedges, created woodland glades, dug mud out of ponds and cut back paths. They encourage friendships and tighter community relations, while maintaining the beauty of the Common.
John Savage from Tring donates approximately 100 hours picking up over 1,000 sacks of litter from his countryside walks. His other principal activity is looking after over 100 miles of footpaths in the area as secretary of the Chiltern Society Rights of Way Group. He patrols public footpaths, reports faults, such as broken stiles or obstructions, removes vegetation that blocks the right of way and also encourages local people to care for footpaths in their area.
Clean, Safe and Green Community Champion Award 2014
The 2014 winners of the Community Champion Award were Friends of Bunkers Park (Nash Mills) in the group category and Michael (Mick) Cox in the individual category.
Friends of Bunkers Park, which has been running for six years, is a group of 60 volunteers. It aims to develop Bunkers Park into an important site for wildlife for all to enjoy. The group has been involved in doing butterfly surveys, clearing litter, and coppicing - which has opened up the area to make it safer for walkers as well as making new benches from the wood gathered form the area to make it more sustainable. Their involvement has helped to attract more people to the park.
For over ten years Michael Cox has been making Leverstock Green a nice place to live by litter picking on his daily walk to the shops and keeping the area safe by closing gates, pushing post through letter boxes and taking neighbours' wheeled bins in to their property to prevent burglary.
Clean, Safe and Green Community Champion Award 2013
The 2013 winners of the Community Champion award were The Noise Project, Markyate in the group category and John Priestley in the individual category.
The Noise Project has been running for the last 11 years and is co-ordinated by Churches Together in Markyate. The project has a team of 100 volunteers, from toddlers to pensioners, who spend three days in August carrying out goodwill errands such as graffiti removal, cleaning subways and carrying out various gardening jobs for the elderly and infirm and much more.
Meanwhile, John Priestley has been instilling civic pride in his street since 2007 by going the extra mile and keeping all his neighbours' front gardens neat and tidy as well as doing their weekly shopping if they are unable to leave their homes during winter.
Clean, Safe and Green Community Champion Award 2012
The 2012 winners of the Community Champion Award were Hemel Hempstead Conservation Volunteers in the group category and Marc Simpson in the individual category.
Hemel Hempstead Conservation Volunteers have been going strong for 25 years and every Tuesday and Sunday they run a regular programme of environmental tasks, such as hedge cutting and litter picking, involving residents and schools.
The winner of the individual category, Marc Simpson from Tring, calls himself the rubbish runner because he combines his hobby, running, with one of his pet hates, seeing dropped litter. Marc runs two or three times a week and keeps his route of Tringford Road, Little Tring Road, Icknield Way and the surrounding reservoirs litter free.
Clean, Safe and Green Community Champion Award 2011
In 2011 the winner of the Community Champion Award was the Berkhamsted Litter Pickers.
Colin Garrett the creator and co-ordinator of the team started litter picking down his road two years ago and since then he has inspired and motivated 84 residents to take responsibility in regularly picking up litter down their own roads.
Clean, Safe and Green Community Champion Award 2010
The 2010 Community Champion Award went to the Manor Estate Residents' Association (MERA) in Apsley.
Their initiatives include regular litter picks, a swap shop of home grown fruit and vegetables, encouraging Neighbourhood Watch Schemes and their valuable contribution to the first Apsley Eco Fair working in partnership with Hemel in Transition.
Clean, Safe and Green Community Champion Award 2009
In 2009 the winner was Margaret Vassie from Great Gaddesden who was nominated by her neighbour.
Despite working full time, Margaret always has time to litter pick, cut neighbours’ grass verges and take out the recycling boxes and bins for her elderly neighbour.