Winner: Debbie Bartlett (achieving over 1,000 public votes)
Debbie founded Litter-Free Felixstowe, a volunteer-based community interest group, in 2018 after being motivated by the Blue Planet series. The group’s aims are to educate and raise awareness about the impact of litter on the environment, and explore the causes of littering. LFF organises group events and litter picks in the community. Debbie’s drive, imagination, skills, determination and passion have grown the group to over 1,100 members, and has motivated schools, colleges and businesses (both local and international) to get involved. Fittingly, her work has even received support and encouragement from her original inspiration, Sir David Attenborough.
What the judges said: “Debbie is a remarkable lady, inspiring so many people and making such a difference to our community. The work she does within schools to educate children is key to tackling the environmental issues we face and I could not think of a more deserving person to win this award.”