Sherborne wins sustainable town gong at national awards

SHERBORNE has been crowned the winner of a sustainability award.

The town was revealed as the winner in the Sustainability category of the Visa and British Retail Consortium’s Let’s Celebrate Town Awards at a glittering ceremony at the House of Lords in London on Wednesday (March 13).

“This is an award for the town and is huge recognition of all the effort the local people and businesses of Sherborne put into making our community more sustainable,” a spokesperson said.

“By addressing sustainability challenges, celebrating green businesses and initiatives, as well as promoting circularity practices, we contribute to a more sustainable future as well as a great place to live and work.”

As part of winning the award, Sherborne will receive £15,000 to put towards a community project or initiative, as well as help made available to the town to upskill SMEs and connect small businesses to experts for advice and support.

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Steve Shield, Sherborne town clerk, said: “Winning the Let’s Celebrate Town’s Sustainability award is a great achievement for Sherborne and huge recognition for the effort local people and businesses make towards sustainability within the town.

“The financial investment and support will go a long way in helping to realise our town’s ambitions of building a sustainable future for future generations.”

The town council thanked businesses and organisations in the town that contributed to the submitted award entry, along with ambassadors for the town from a local business and the town council, who attended the awards ceremony at the House of Lords on Wednesday evening.

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