CHESHIRE Eco leader Garry Charnock has won a national award for his green efforts.
He has been named as one of the country’s low carbon leaders after winning a Climate Week Award.
The award was for Most Inspirational Leader, and Garry joined the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, other winners, finalists and eminent individuals at the launch of the inaugural Climate Week in London, which is backed by the Prime Minister and Sir Paul McCartney.
Garry said: “I am delighted and hope that the publicity Climate Week is generating will inspire other individuals and organisations to help tackle global warming.”
With 14 categories, the inaugural Climate Week Awards celebrate the very best of what Britain has to offer in combating climate change, including outstanding achievements by individuals, businesses and communities.
The awards were judged by an all-star panel including best-selling author Ian McEwan; Lord Nicholas Stern, author of the Stern Report; former Irish President Mary Robinson; eco-adventurer David de Rothschild, and Tim Smit, founder of the Eden project.
Chosen from among four finalists, Garry Charnock was the driving force behind the social experiment to mobilise the Chester village of Ashton Hayes to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral community. In the first year, its carbon footprint was cut by 20%.
Garry went on to secure £750,000 of funding, including £100,000 to power the primary school and part of the village using solar energy and combined heat and power.
He made a film about the project and represented the UK at the Live Earth concert, which broadcast Ashton Hayes’ successes around the world. He also spoke about it to 120 communities across the UK. More recently, he co-founded the charity Carbon Leapfrog.
Climate Week CEO Kevin Steele said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Garry, and to the other winners and finalists. What he has achieved is an important part of a larger vision which shows what a low-carbon Britain could look like.”