The Offshoots Permaculture Project received the bronze award for its community training programme which incorporates organic food production, eco-building construction and eco-art therapy on the site's acre of fruit and vegetable beds, eco-buildings and polytunnels. Managed by Groundwork Pennine Lancashire and the Offshoots Project Committee (which is made up of members of the local community), the site has developed into a successful community project that attracts over 6,000 visitors a year.
"This is a culmination of fourteen years of evolution and proof that great things can come from humble beginnings," said Phil Dewhurst, Project Manager at the Offshoots Project. "With the help of our local communities we've transformed a derelict piece of wasteland into a thriving permaculture garden and land training centre. Winning this Award is testimony to all the hard work and dedication that the project inspires – from staff, volunteers and members of the community. We're absolutely delighted."
This year's Green Awards took place at the National History Museum in London and celebrated the environmental achievements of companies from Australia, Asia, Europe, African and America.
Judging for the event was carried out by environmental experts including the former presidential candidate for Brazil, Marina Silva, environmentalist and explorer David deRothschild and the former President of the Royal Geographical Society, Sir Crispin Tickell.
The 'Green Celebrity' category, which included Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul McCartney and Sting amongst its nominees, was awarded to the Brazilian model and UN goodwill ambassador, Giselle Bundchen. But, for us, it is just brilliant to see a permaculture project gaining such recognition ... there are many more out there to shout about for next year's awards.
For more information visit www.greenawards.co.uk