2012 - The Gelder Group

The reserve at the headquarters of The Gelder GroupThe reserve at the headquarters of The Gelder Group

Overall Winner of the Lincolnshire Environmental Award 2012 and the Best Business Award: The Gelder Group

The Gelder Group are committed to sustainability and aim to be carbon neutral. Their specialist GreenTech Management Services was set up to deal with waste created by the building trade and currently the group recycle 94% of their waste; well above the national average. Solar panels provide 88% of the hot water for the head office, and rainwater is harvested from the roofs and car park for flushing toilets and to clean fleet vehicles. In 2008, a 13 acre reserve was set up at the head office at Sturton-by-Stow. It includes a one-acre lake, 8 acres of woodland, nearly two miles of footpaths and a barn owl tower with nesting barn owls.

Adam Ellwood, Apprenticeship Development Manager for the Gelder Group, said that winning the award was a "marvellous achievement" and that they will "continue to invest and develop their environmental projects." He thanked all the contestants and judges in what had been a hotly contested competition.

Best Business Award supported by Anglian Water: The Gelder Group

Runners Up: Walkers Snack Foods and Renewable Energy section of the Lincolnshire Echo 

Best Community Award supported by Centrica Energy: The Lincolnshire Firewood Fair

Set up five years ago and run entirely by volunteers the annual Lincolnshire Firewood Fair promotes the effective use of local firewood from sustainably managed woodland as an energy source. The Fair includes demonstrations, advice on burning wood and the importance of managing woodlands, and an auction of firewood from Lincolnshire woodlands. The success of the fair has inspired others to set up similar events elsewhere in the country.

Runners Up: Sustainable Caistor and Real Nappy Champions 

Best Farm / Rural Enterprise Award supported by Cemex: Dave Stanley, Holly Farm, Bourne

On his small holding, Dave Stanley aims to “practice what he preaches” on sustainability. The 30 acres of grassland demonstrates what can be achieved by implementing environmentally friendly practices. By monitoring the carbon levels in the soil he has demonstrated the role that mixed farming with cattle grazing can have in removing carbon from the atmosphere and locking it into the soil. It is a model that could be followed elsewhere. On receiving the award, Dave Stanley said: "I’ve thoroughly enjoyed participating in the awards today and seeing the enthusiasm of the other entrants. I would like to receive this on behalf of all farmers who are doing their bit to improve the environment."

Runners Up: Morris Brothers, Sand Hill Grange, Epworth and J.L. Dodsworth & Co, Burgh le Marsh 

A special individual award for environmental youth work was presented by the Waste Recycling Group to Clifford Jukes.

For the past 30 years, Clifford Jukes has inspired and encouraged an interest in wildlife and the environment in countless children. As the volunteer leader to the North-East Lincs Wildlife Watch Group, he has held meetings once a month for children aged 6 or 7 years upwards. Clifford Jukes paid thanks to the support of his late wife, the other volunteer Wildlife Watch leaders and the parents of all the children involved. He commented “what a pleasure it has been to work with the children. I have thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it.”