2016 Results

Climate Adaptation sponsored by Flow Energy

WINNER - Aponic Ltd  

Aponic Ltd have developed a vertical, soil-less, ultra-low carbon food growing system that uses 90% less water than traditional agriculture. It runs on rain water and solar power, does not emit harmful run-off into the environment and massively reduces the need for fossil fuels in food production and transportation.


RUNNER UP -  ‘BERT’ the Business Efficient Resilience Tool

This partnership uses the collective experience and expertise from both the public and private sector to support businesses to adapt, through increased resilience, to a changing climate. Our aim is to reduce the mortality rate of SMEs through improved adaptation, helping them to plan for the unplanned.


Greenest Building sponsored by Barnes Construction

WINNER - Modece Architects  

Recent changes in government legislation have made it possible to convert agricultural buildings to dwellings and ‘The Woodshed’ is one of the first in Babergh to be completed, and probably the first to be a zero carbon conversion.  It shows how very low energy buildings can be achieved – a real trailblazer.


RUNNER UP - Malcolm and Margaret Rittman

A renovation and development of an existing cottage to create an environmental and sustainable house, embracing an array of modern M&E systems using recycled, traditional and sustainable products. The owners supported local contractors where possible, to minimise the impact of the build process, but completed much of the work themselves.


Greenest Business sponsored by Invest in Suffolk

WINNER - ichiban UK Ltd  

ichiban UK Ltd are the UK’s largest manufacturer of authentic, chilled sushi. The privately owned company produces both own label and branded sushi for leading retailers. A range of significant environmental improvements have been implemented including a biomass boiler, LED lighting, waste reduction and more efficient use of water.


RUNNER UP - The Havebury Housing Partnership

Havebury is a social housing provider responsible for more than 6,000 homes in the towns and villages around Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill. We are dedicated to the provision of good quality affordable homes and one of our key corporate objectives is to create better, greener neighbourhoods and target fuel poverty.


Greenest Community Project sponsored by Suffolk Wildlife Trust

WINNER - Framsden Woodland Group (Eades Orchard)  

In 2011 a group of villagers negotiated the lease of a piece of young woodland behind the church. Since then an ever increasing number of villagers, of all ages, work together to develop and maintain ‘Eades Orchard’ as a local place to enjoy, come together and connect with wildlife.


RUNNER UP - Bury in Bloom

Bury in Bloom a local campaign dedicated to promoting a greener, cleaner and a more beautiful Bury St Edmunds. It is an independent charity run by the Bury St Edmunds Society and is made up of volunteers, a coordinator and representatives from the local authorities, business and education sectors.


Greenest Farming Business sponsored by East Anglian Daily Times

WINNER - Euston Farms  

Euston Farms is a mixed farming business growing root and cereal crops, with cattle and sheep grazing the parkland and river meadows. A range of innovative environmental and conservation activities have been undertaken to improve efficiency and provide invaluable habitat for a number of species.


RUNNER UP - Boxford Suffolk Farms Ltd 

Boxford (Suffolk) Farms has been a family business since 1938, whose strong core values and culture creates real drive for innovation and long-term sustainable growth for future generations. The company operates 6 biomass boilers and a 750kW anaerobic digester plant, having become increasingly self-sustainable in recent years.


Greenest Micro Business sponsored by Aran Services

WINNER - Secret Meadows   

Secret Meadows is tucked away at a 115-acre County Wildlife Site providing high-end glamping accommodation with green themed packages including locally-sourced food hampers, hen coop hire, off-grid hot tubs, wildlife sponsorships and bushcraft workshops.   Owned by the nature conservation charity, Sinfield Trust, a strong environmental ethos guides the business activities.


RUNNER UP - Fulibroch Dairy

Fulibroch Dairy supports its pedigree goats by selling raw milk and offering a range of goat milk soap. Surplus goat milk is used to rear its weaners producing milk-fed pork in the spring. The dairy offers pedigree goats for sale and export. Nothing is wasted with hides tanned and sold, and manure used to mulch rhubarb grown for a local jam maker.


Green Hero sponsored by TA Hotel Collection

WINNER - Joanne Mudhar  

Joanne established the Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm, a community supported agriculture scheme. The 11-acre farm brings together a community of all ages to sustainably produce meat, eggs fruit and vegetables. Joanne is a dedicated and active campaigner, nurturing a cultural change in our relationship with food and its production.


RUNNER UP - Jillian Macready

Jillian is an active and founding member of the Bury Water Meadows Group, aiming to improve the meadows and River Lark corridor for people to enjoy. Jillian has improved access, engaged with her community, established volunteer groups for river cleaning and habitat restoration, and published an educational walking guide book.


Greenest Product or Service sponsored by EDF Energy

WINNER - Aponic Ltd   

Aponic Ltd have developed a vertical, soil-less, ultra-low carbon food growing system that uses 90% less water than traditional agriculture. It runs on rain water and solar power, does not emit harmful run-off into the environment and massively reduces the need for fossil fuels in food production and transportation.


RUNNER UP - Where Does It Come From?

Where Does It Come From? is an Ipswich based brand specialising in beautiful, practical clothing that has been ethically made and is traceable.  Their clothes come with a code on the label so the customer can explore their garment’s story – where it came from and who was involved in making it.


Sustainable Tourism sponsored by Visit Suffolk

WINNER - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa and Country Lodges   

Part of a family-owned enterprise which originated as a small apple farm 1938.  The Peake family is passionate about conserving this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in which they all live and work and understands the importance of investing in sustainable practices in order to create a robust and successful business to pass on to future generations.


RUNNER UP - FolkEast Productions Ltd

This three day event is held at Glemham Hall every August celebrating Suffolk’s folk heritage encompassing music, song, dance, arts crafts, food and drink. The event provides a platform for people of this area to come together and showcase their work and skills. Energy-efficiency, sustainable travel and recycling are designed into this truly ‘local’ event.


Local Food & Drink sponsored by East of England Coop

WINNER - Hodmedod   

Founded in 2012 by Nick Saltmarsh, William Hudson and Josiah Meldrum, Hodmedod aims to create shorter, more transparent human consumption supply chains for a range of often overlooked and under-valued crops, building direct relationships with farmers to help create more diverse farm systems and healthier diets.


RUNNER UP - Birchwood Primary School

Birchwood Primary School serves families in and around Martlesham Heath to the north east of Ipswich.  Birchwood’s strapline statement is “passionate about learning”.  A sentiment noted in our last OFSTED inspection, recognising the School’s outstanding curriculum and its’ “distinct vision for learning”. Birchwood is an Ambassador Eco School, one of only nine the country.


Waste & Recycling sponsored by Suffolk Waste Partnership

RUNNER UP - Suffolk Cloth Nappies   

Suffolk Cloth Nappies are a small team of volunteer parents who want to support local families choosing to use reusable nappies. Through offering free hire kits, advice and demonstrations, we aim to raise awareness of environmental, financial and health benefits of cloth nappies to enable parents in Suffolk to make well informed decisions.


WINNER - The Teapot Project Ipswich

The Teapot Project is a local initiative aimed at reducing the 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste produced globally each year. We accept food from local businesses and create nutritious food each day in our Pay As You Feel Café, where we also offer volunteering and training opportunities.


Landscape and Wildlife - The Public Vote in association with Aldeburgh Music

WINNER - Waveney Bird Club    

The Waveney Bird Club has a friendly and vibrant 180-strong membership organisation bringing together bird and wildlife enthusiasts in the Waveney Valley and wider Suffolk and Norfolk. The club provides a platform for indoor lectures, outdoor field-studies events and engages a full programme of educational and conservation research projects.


RUNNER UP - Ipswich Borough Council, Papworth Trust & Friends of Christchurch Park

Papworth Trust, Friends of Christchurch Park and Ipswich Borough Council have worked in partnership to create a community outdoor classroom within Christchurch Park. Ideally situated on a raised area overlooking the canopy of the wildlife reserve, it will serve as an educational and wildlife recording hub for the wider community.

www.ipswich.gov.uk | www.papworthtrust.org.uk | www.focp.org.uk 

RUNNER UP - Wildlife Gadget Man

Jason Alexander believes technology is NOT the reason why many adults and children feel disconnected from nature and the outdoors and he’s on a mission to discover how we can USE modern society’s love of gadgets to re-ignite a passion for wildlife and the natural world.