Community groups, schools, businesses and organisations who have gone the extra mile to improve their local environment have been celebrated at a national awards ceremony.

Supported by Viridor, the annual Tidy Wales Awards recognises groups who work tirelessly to make Wales a better place.

Groups and individuals from across Wales were honoured at a prestigious award ceremony held in Cardiff on Monday (20 November 2017), hosted by S4C presenter, Sian Thomas, and rugby champion, Tom Shanklin. The Minister for Environment Hannah Blythyn AM attended the ceremony as her first official engagement as minister and presented the first award of the day.  She said:

Clean, safe, communities benefit everyone. Everybody has a part to play in looking after their local environments so that they are conserved and enhanced for future generations.  The winning groups at this year’s Tidy Wales Awards are all worthy finalists that have improved the quality of life for people in their communities and I’d like to thank them for their hard work.

Milford Youth Matters won the “Outstanding Achievement Award.”  The work that Milford Youth Matters does to develop the skills of young people and bring the community together really resonated with Viridor. The judges were also impressed by the emphasis the group puts on reusing, upcycling and sustainability.

Milford Youth Matter said

Our work involves showing how young people can have an active role in improving their local environment. We are delighted to win the Sustainable Futures award and the overall Outstanding Achievement award at the Tidy Wales Awards 2017.

Other Tidy Wales Awards winners included:

  • 3G Men’s Group, winners of the Community Transformation Award,gives unemployed men from North Merthyr the opportunity to help improve the community and develop their own skills and learning.
  • The Green Days Innovate Trust, who received the Biodiversity Award. The project has been running since March 2015 and provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems to take part in conservation activities. Over the past twelve months, Green Days has worked with 257 people at 26 different sites and spent an incredible 6,890 hours improving the local environment and boosting biodiversity.
  • The Green Key Award went to Top of the Woods, a nature-led camping and glamping company based in Boncath, Pembrokeshire. They care passionately about sustainability and always promote green activities that have a low impact on the environment.

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive of Keep Wales Tidy, said:

The Tidy Wales Awards celebrates people of all ages taking part in a wide range of green initiatives, all with the common goal of making Wales a better and tidier place. They are an inspiration and a great example in their community. We would like to thank them for their hard work as well as thanking our sponsors for their support with this year’s awards.

Our Tidy Wales Awards 2017 winners:

Community Transformation sponsored by Bouygues UK

3Gs Men’s Group, Merthyr

Sustainable Futures Award sponsored by Redrow Homes

Milford Youth Matters, Pembrokeshire

Eco-Schools Award sponsored by The Helping Hand Company

Cwmclydach Primary School

Rivers and Coast Award sponsored by Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Wildlife Watch Litter Pickers, Carmarthenshire

Biodiversity Award sponsored by John Lewis

Green Days Innovate Trust

Cleaner Communities Award sponsored by Brecon Carreg

Keep Roath Tidy, Cardiff

Green Key Award, sponsored by DS Smith Recycling

Top of the Woods, Pembrokeshire

Best Staffed Station Award sponsored by Arriva Trains Wales

Prestatyn, Flintshire

Best Unstaffed Station Award sponsored by Arriva Trains Wales 

Chirk, Wrexham

Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored by Western Power Distribution 

Vicky Pearson, Pembrokeshire

Tidy Wales Awards 2017 Overall Winner

Milford Youth Matters, Pembrokeshire

Enillwyr 2017 Gwobrau Cymru Daclus