Community-minded residents from across Leeds that take action to help make their neighbourhoods cleaner, greener places to live could be in line for a top award and cash prize.
The council is urging community groups, schools, colleges, individuals and local businesses in the city to get involved in clean-ups, recycling initiatives or improvements projects both large and small scale, in their local area could see their efforts be rewarded with a Community and City Pride Award.
The Community and City Pride Award scheme has been developed to recognise and celebrate public contribution to looking after the environment.
Since the scheme began in 2004, around 22,000 people have been involved in 170 entries, all of which highlight the diverse and dedicated work of people committed to seeing Leeds become cleaner and greener.
Past winners include an east Leeds shopping centre that installed recycling facilities for customers and tenants; a team of 160-residents in Burmantofts and Lincoln Green which transformed their local area; volunteers from Leeds businesses who cleaned up land around river and canals in Leeds; and 16-year-old from Bramley who inspired other young people to work to improve the local area.
Councillor James Monaghan, executive board member for environmental services, said:
“We want to encourage, recognise and reward people who take action to make improvements to the environment and want to hear from anyone about the work they have been involved in, however big or small their contribution.
"Leeds City Council is committed to looking after the environment and by working together with the people of Leeds we can make a major difference - making our city cleaner and greener and engendering a real sense of community pride."
The award categories have been changed and increased to reflect better the type of entries previously received. The 10 awards recognize a wide variety of work people get involved in, which are:
• Reduce and Reuse Project of the Year
• Recycling Project of the Year
• Small Area Improvement Project of the Year
• Larger Area Improvement Project of the Year
• Green Space Creation Project of the Year
• Business and Community Partnership Project of the Year
• Engaging Under 11s Project of the Year
• Engaging Under 18s Project of the Year
• Under 18s Individual Contribution of the Year
• Over 18s Individual Contribution of the Year
The environmental work can take place in any area of city. It could be around a school, estate, parkland, pathway, river or road-side. Each award entry will need to submit 'before' and 'after' photographs and record the amount of waste collected.
The council can arrange skips, hippobags (subject to availability) and loan out litter pickers and other equipment.
To find out more about the ‘Cleaner, greener campaign’ and Community and City Pride Awards visit www.leeds.gov.uk.
The closing date for award entries is the end of October. To submit an award or for advice and information about the competition contact the council's Education and Awareness Team on 0113 395 1520 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: Community & City Pride Awards, Education and Awareness Team, Leeds City Council, Knowsthorpe Gate, Cross Green, Leeds, LS9 0NP
Judging will take place in November by an independent panel and the awards ceremony will be held in January 2010 at Leeds Civic Hall with a special guest hosting the event.
For media enquiries, please contact;
Laura Ferris, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335