THIRTY volunteer groups across Wales have been shortlisted as part of a national awards ceremony that recognises people who help improve the environment.

Keep Wales Tidy, a leading environmental charity, is delighted to announce the shortlisted finalists for the Tidy Wales Awards 2016.

Sponsored by The Helping Hand Company, the Tidy Wales Awards recognises groups throughout Wales who work tirelessly to improve their local environment.

These unsung green heroes have inspirational stories to tell of how their volunteering has improved not only their local environment through reducing litter and protecting wildlife habitats but have also created links in communities, bringing people together and, in some instances, reducing the impact of poverty.

The shortlisted three groups for each category will be invited to attend a prestigious award ceremony to be held in Cardiff on 21 November 2016, hosted by S4C presenter Sian Thomas and rugby champion, Tom Shanklin.

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths 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 groups shortlisted for 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.

Choosing the shortlisted groups and individuals is never easy but this year’s applications were particularly impressive.

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. These people are an inspiration and a great example in their community. We would like to thank them for their hard work as well as thanking The Helping Hand Company for their support with this year’s awards.

Cyhoeddi rhetrs fer Gwobrau Cymru Daclus 2016