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Love Where You Live 2018 – Shortlist!

Written by on 28th June 2018

The competition is heating up as this year’s Love Where You Live awards applicants are short-listed.

Residents across Rhondda Cynon Taf have come forward in their droves to show how much they love where they live, with a high number of applications being received.

This year’s applications have been incredible across all categories making the competition judges’ job even tougher! The shortlist of the finalists has now been decided and the hunt for the 2018 green champions of Rhondda Cynon Taf comes even closer.

The unique scheme, which is now in its tenth anniversary year, celebrates and highlights the excellent work that is taking place by individuals, community groups, schools and Streetcare staff to make Rhondda Cynon Taf a cleaner, greener, County Borough.

The Love Where You Live awards take place every summer in Rhondda Cynon Taf and are set to take place on 10th July 2018.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said:

“Love Where You Live has gone from strength to strength since it started – and 2018 represents the 10th anniversary of the awards which celebrate the hard work and dedication of individuals and groups to keep Rhondda Cynon Taf clean and green.

“The 2017 awards highlighted some fantastic projects taking place in our local communities – ranging from a student making jewellery out of material which had been discarded on a nature trail, to teachers who have found innovative ways of communicating to our young people the importance of recycling.

“Our recycling rate in Rhondda Cynon Taf is as high as it ever has been – with 64% of overall waste recycled in 2016/17. That represents a huge improvement from a few years ago, but there is still work to do if we are to hit the Welsh Government’s 70% target by 2024-25 – and the Love Where You Live awards celebrate our residents who are already going the extra mile.

“I’m looking forward to the 2018 awards next month and meeting all the environmental heroes that have been shortlisted.”

The 2018 finalists are…

Community Environmental Champion

Tom Bobbett – The Shed

Francesca Lewis & Anthony Davies – SS Gabriel & Raphael RC Primary School

Phil Rumble – Ferndale Grassroots

Most Innovative Environmental Project

Bee Friendly Pontypridd

Cwmaman Infants School

SS Gabriel & Raphael RC Primary School

Best School Environmental Initiative

Cwmclydach Primary School

St Michael’s RC Primary School

Y Pant

Best Kept Community/Best Community Project

Ferndale Grassroots

Rhondda Fundraisers

Ynysybwl Path Clearance Group

Best Environmental Partnership Initiative

Rhondda Housing Association

South Wales Community Mountain Rangers

Tynewydd Community Garden

School Environmental Champion (Pupil)

Eco Committee – Parc Primary School

Seren Llewellyn – Penyrenglyn Primary School

Treorchy Comprehensive School & Cluster Primary Schools

School Environmental Champion (Teacher)

Joanne Lancett – Tonyrefail Comprehensive School

Helga Lewis – Parc Primary School

Nathan Keeble – Aberdare Community School

Best Environmental Services Team of the Year

Dog Fouling Enforcement Team

Fly Tipping Enforcement Team

The Shed Team