Tidy Wales Awards
Throughout Wales, there are volunteer groups working tirelessly to restore their local environment and improve life in their communities. The Tidy Wales Awards are given each year to recognise their efforts.
The Tidy Wales Awards were set up over 20 years ago. And in that time, we’ve seen all types of community projects, with people of all ages rising to every type of challenge.
From picking litter and clearing paths to ambitious restoration schemes, our volunteers have been busy improving the natural spaces around them.
Year after year, the Awards have celebrated their work. And with prizes in each category of £250 – together with £50 of National Garden Centre vouchers for each shortlisted entry - we’ve also been able to contribute some essential funds.
The Tidy Wales Award 2012 ceremony will be held on 27 February 2013 at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay and the awards will be presented by John Griffiths AM, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development.
TWA website 1A day to remember for Friends of the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path
Volunteers from Anglesey won the Coastal Enhancement Award at the 2011 Tidy Wales Awards in Cardiff Bay. The group then beat off competition from eight other category winners to take home the coveted Tidy Wales Trophy – plus a bonus of a further £250.
The Friends carry out regular litter picks along Anglesey’s 125 miles of coastal path - concentrating on beaches and extending to stretches of the foreshore and footpaths. In the space of a year, volunteers collected over 400 bags of waste, as well as maintaining way markers and cutting back overgrown vegetation from footpaths.
Accepting the award for the group, organiser John Payne commented, "One of our main objectives is to enhance the coastal path for everyone’s enjoyment, and all those who have been involved in our various activities had already felt hugely rewarded at seeing what can be achieved when like-minded people come together. As individuals they often felt reticent to attempt things alone. But together, as Friends, feel they can achieve almost anything."
The awards were presented by John Griffiths AM, Environment and Sustainable Development Minister, who commented, "The Welsh Government is committed to supporting initiatives that improve our environment. All the shortlisted groups should be proud of their achievements, and I encourage other groups to follow their lead."