It’s green for go again in the Lancashire Green Awards.
Our latest category under the spotlight is a special Green Ambassador award in memory of civil engineer Mike Atkins, who played a major role in divising the Guild Wheel 21 mile “Greenway” linking Preston city with the countryside.
The award is in memory of Mike sponsored by the Atkins family, the Guild Wheel User Group and Preston City Council.
You can enter yourself or nominate someone to win this prestigious award. Our “Green Ambassador” must be someone who works vigorously to make a difference to the environment. Someone who goes the extra mile whether it be part of a community group or as an individual.
Mike’s family said in a statement: “Mike was a dedicated environmentalist who worked endlessly ensuring people were aware and could enjoy of the different landscapes around the city. This began in his early 20s, when he was secretary of a campaign in Essex to save a railway line scheduled in the Beeching Report for closure. The campaign was successful; the line was saved and subsequently electrified.
“Mike was aware that unlimited car ownership was unsustainable, and we as a family agreed to give up owning a car in 1975. We used buses, trains, bikes and our own two feet instead. This one-year experiment lasted for 17 years.
Mike was a dedicated cyclist for most of his life, and joined the sustainable transport organisation Sustrans in its early days. As a civil engineer, he also moved from designing roads and motorways to designing cycleways, and was Lancashire County Council’s Cycling Officer until his retirement. Many of the cycle routes and facilities in Preston and other towns in Lancashire were Mike’s work.
He continued to work voluntarily on cycling after retirement, and his work with Peter Ward, a fellow cyclist and activist, in planning and bringing to fruition the Guild Wheel in 2012, was the crowning achievement of their activities.
The Lancashire Green Awards are back for a fifth year, and we are pleased to welcome Remsol as principal sponsor of the awards.
The awards recognise and celebrate the environmental achievement of individuals and groups from across the county, however big or small their environmental impact.
We encourage anyone to enter. You could be shortlisted and invited to the glittering awards ceremony and three course dinner at The De Vere Village Hotel, Blackpool, in November.
Full details of the awards and how to enter are at: www.lancashiregreenawards2013.co.uk.
The 10 categories for nominations are:
• The Best Recycling Project Award.
• The Best Kept Allotment
• The Green Community Award
• The Green Tourism Award
• The Green Retailer Award
• The Green Primary School Award
• The Green Secondary School/Further EducationAward
• The Green Family Award
• Green Business Of The Year Award
• Green Ambassador Award, in memory of Mike Atkins