Joshua Ferguson, aged 5, of Penygraig Junior School was crowned overall winner of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Love Where You Live awards 2016 for his passion and dedication for all things environmental.
This amazing young boy is a true example of why the Love Where You Live awards, now in their ninth year were established by the Streetcare team – to recognise and reward those individuals, groups and schools that go above and beyond to show just how much they care about where they live.
Entries for the Love Where You Live 2017 awards are now open and will once again be held to celebrate and highlight the excellent work that is taking place by individuals, community groups, Streetcare staff and young people like Joshua, to make Rhondda Cynon Taf a cleaner, greener, County Borough.
You can nominate your 2017 environmental heroes online www.rctcbc.gov.uk/lovewhereyoulive.
Joshua displayed all the characteristics needed to win an award and lead us in to the future and ensure that we live in a clean, green County Borough that everyone can enjoy.
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His enthusiasm and passion was ignited following a visit to the Bryn Pica landfill site, Llwydcoed when he was just 4 years old – where he discovered more about recycling and the environment and what could happen if we continued to send our waste to landfill.
Even at this young age Joshua knew he wanted to make a difference and ensure that his future wouldn’t include a County Borough filled with waste.
As soon as he arrived back, Joshua made it his duty to inspect the school office, staff room and foyer as well as outside to check if the school needed any environmental improvements.
Joshua soon started spreading awareness on how the school could save energy, improve recycling and reduce litter. Joshua took it upon himself to research information on the environment and recycling so he could educate his friends and family and loves to encourage them to find out more.
Thanks to Joshua’s amazing clothes recycling efforts, the school has also been able to buy new science equipment.
All of this amazing work was the reason that Joshua scooped the prestigious overall Love Where You Live Award 2016.
Councillor Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure & Culture, said:
“Joshua is a shining star and we were delighted to crown him overall winner of last year’s prestigious Love Where You Live Awards.
“The Love Where You Live Awards shine the spotlight on all the fantastic work that is going on within our communities, focusing on the people, like Joshua, and projects that truly are making a difference to all of our lives.
“These are people who are committed to improving the local environment for the benefit of everyone, and the Love Where You Live Awards provide the perfect opportunity to reward each and every one of them.
“This is our opportunity to not only congratulate these remarkable people on their achievements, but also to encourage others to follow suit by ensuring that residents understand the importance of recycling and improving the environment.
“By working together, we can make Rhondda Cynon Taf an even cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council needs all its residents to Love Where They Live and join the fight against waste in order to keep our County Borough a clean, green place for all to enjoy.
If you are like Joshua or know someone who is passionate about their environment, often going above and beyond to recycle as much as possible, and raising awareness of environmental issues in the community then you should enter/nominate them for the Love Where you Live awards 2017.
There are 8 categories for the competition and there is no limit on the amount of different categories each applicant enters.
- Community Environmental Champion
- Most Innovative Environmental Project
- Best School Environmental Initiative
- Best Kept Community/Community Project
- Best Environmental Partnership Initiative
- Best Local Authority Team of the Year
- School Environmental Champion (Pupil)
- School Environmental Champion (Teacher)
Entering the Love Where You Live Awards is simple; you just need to fill out a short entry form that must be submitted by 31st March 2017.
Applications will be placed before an independent panel of judges. The chosen finalists will be visited during May before the overall winner of each category is decided.
Once completed, application forms should arrive no later than 31st March to Love Where You Live, Streetcare Services, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Ty Glantaf, Unit B23, Taffs Fall Road, Treforest Industrial Estate, CF37 5TT.