Witton Lodge Wins ‘Greener and Healthier Awards’

Posted on 7 August 2015

XD80673 - 001An environmentally ambitious Community Association has been awarded two prestigious awards for their pioneering environmental projects.

Witton Lodge Community Association (WLCA) based in Perry Common won the Making Birmingham Greener and Healthier Awards for Best Energy Efficient Scheme and were awarded the Overall Winner for ‘Greener and Healthier’ organisation in the city.   These were presented by Birmingham City Council in partnership with waste and recycling company Veolia, at a very busy awards ceremony held at Birmingham Council House.

The awards were a recognition of a wide range of green and healthy projects that the association has established, including the installation of solar panels on many of the 167 properties they own – where this was suitable – saving energy, and saving each household up to £300 on their energy bills.

WLCA was established in 1994 following plans to demolish 908 defective ‘Boot Houses’ in the Perry Common area.  They are also now establishing the Witton Lakes Environment and Enterprise Centre (WLEEC).  This will see a former park-keepers cottage and surrounding land at Witton Lakes transformed into a space for a wide variety of green and healthy projects.  Another impressive feature of WLEEC is the thriving Community Orchard, ‘Velvet Community Orchard’, which was established in 2009 and annually produces a wide range of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers –
with the help of an enthusiastic band of volunteers.  Much of the fresh fruit and vegetables was donated to local food banks.

A bike hub, green routes and a walking group ‘The Red Hot Chilli Steppers’ are just some of the many exciting projects WLCA are setting-up to with local residents and partners, to help local people live healthier and happier lives.

Linda Hines MBE, Chair of Witton Lodge Community Association says “I am absolutely delighted that that we have won these awards.   Winning the Best Energy Efficient Scheme in the Community Sector was fantastic but to be Overall Winner, with lots of competition from all around the city, was truly wonderful.  It is a recognition of the talent and hard work of local residents, partners and our staff team, who have made all this possible.” 

 Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Sustainability at Birmingham City Council, said: “There are so many organisations working hard to make Birmingham greener and healthier for everyone who works, lives in or visits the city.

“The winners in this year’s edition of the awards are the standard-setters for other organisations. It was really difficult to choose the best entries this year, and if this year’s entries act as inspiration for others, we will have an almost impossible task on our hands when judging next year.

“I congratulate everyone who has got involved this year – they have a clear passion for improving the quality life in Birmingham, making the most effective and innovative use of the earth’s precious resources.”

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