Tower Regeneration Ltd wins RCT ‘Love Where You Live Award’
Wednesday 25th of June 2014 09:07
The ‘Love Where You Live’ Awards were introduced by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council in 2009 to recognise the inspiring activities that help improve the local environment; the 2014 competition featured awards in no fewer than 13 distinct categories, recognising the efforts of individuals, businesses and other organisations throughout the region.
The Best Environmental Partnership Initiative award was presented to Tower Regeneration Ltd by TV and radio broadcaster Frances Donovan at a special ceremony held at the Muni Arts Centre on June 24th, and the independent judging panel praised the extensive work that has been carried out at the Tower site by joint venture partners Tower Colliery Ltd and Hargreaves Services plc.
Tower’s ethos is one of commitment to environmental and ecological improvements: these include the building of an Environmental Resource Centre, available to schools for educational visits and also open to the general public.
Other improvements have included opening up the old tip and pond area to give local youngsters the opportunity to go fishing, with the associated footpaths constructed using recycled tyres.
Ecological work has included preserving a statutory designated site, the Blaen Cynon Special Area of Conservation, protection for the Marsh Fritillary butterfly, and the eventual opening up of access onto Hirwaun Common.
Tower Fund highly commended
Tower Regeneration’s Tower Fund was also highly commended in the ‘Most Innovative Environmental Project’ category at the ‘Love Where You Live’ event for its outstanding work within the community (the Tower Fund donates 49p from every tonne of coal extracted to the local community and, to date, has distributed £160,000 to 91 projects).
And, demonstrating the value and effectiveness of the Tower Fund, two of its funded projects competed for the ‘Best Community Project’ award, with the Park Lane Allotment Society winning the award and the Ysgol Gynradd Cymraeg Castellau PTA Project being highly commended.
Speaking after the awards ceremony, Tower Regeneration’s Environmental Manager Lee Williams said:
"Naturally everyone at Tower is delighted that our efforts have received such public recognition. Both joint venture companies, Tower Colliery Ltd and Hargreaves Services plc, wish to thank everyone at Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council for organising such an important regional event and for staging such an outstanding awards ceremony.
"It’s equally pleasing to see that our Tower Fund is proving to be so effective in improving the local environment with the success of our funded groups in the ‘Best Community Project’ category.