Green Citizen Environment Award

Maureen Scott - 2007 winner

After joining the local ladies bowling club, our Citizen Award winner, was rather concerned about the dilapidated state of the 100-year-old clubhouse and she set about raising funds for a complete refurbishment. Three years later, the clubhouse has been transformed - both inside and out and Maureen Scott's enthusiasm has been such that the club is now a thriving community facility, not only used by the members but also by local schools and care homes. Last year, Maureen arranged the first ever, annual holiday for members which was such a success another trip is planned for this year.

As a member of 'Friends of Whitehall Recreation Ground', Maureen has worked closely with the Council to improve the fences and boundary hedges around the club to help reduce vandalism. She is also trying to get local breweries to sponsor sun-shades around the bowling green (as there is little natural shade). The judges applauded Maureen's commitment and efforts in creating a fantastic community resource.

At home, Maureen recycles all that she can and composts her kitchen and garden waste. She also encourages her neighbours to do the same and has been known to persuade them to not concrete over their front gardens! She recently helped a disabled neighbour to design her front garden to accommodate car, borders and plants. Maureen is a member of the Woodland Trust and when developers threatened to cut down mature trees in her local area, she helped to get Tree Preservation Orders placed on them.