Tops Day Nurseries win coveted best Dorset Environmental Business Award
Friday 2nd November 2018
Photo above (L-R) Dr Simon Cripps, DWT Chief Executive, Cheryl Hadland, Managing Director of Tops Day Nurseries, Harriet Pacey, Business Development Director or Tops Day Nurseries, Tracy Payne, Marketing Manager of Poole Harbour Commissioners © Sian Court.
Yesterday, at a glittering event at the BIC in Bournemouth as part of the Dorset Business Awards ceremony, the trophy for the first ever Best Dorset Environmental Business Award was awarded to Tops Day Nurseries. The joint sponsors of the award are Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) and Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC).
This is the first time this award has been presented and proved to be the second most popular category of 13 awards, attracting a wide range of companies and organisations.
Judges from DWT, PHC and Kingston Maurward College shortlisted 5 candidates who were visited and reviewed for their environmental performance. Of these, three finalists were chosen: Tops Day Nurseries, Neil’s Yard Remedies, and Upton Country Park based on their exemplary work to protect Dorset’s environment, for example by reducing plastics, engaging the public, protecting wildlife, or minimising impacts on climate change.
Head judge DWT Chief Executive Simon Cripps said, “This has been an exciting opportunity to raise the profile of nature and the environment with Dorset businesses at a time when environment is proving so important underpinning successful development in the county. The quality of entrants and the level of enthusiasm has been incredibly high. Many organisations could have won, but Tops Day Nurseries went the extra mile to protect the environment - from using bamboo toothbrushes, to eco-friendly nappy wipes, and nature exploration areas for the children to enjoy.”
Cheryl Hadland the Managing Director of Tops Day Nurseries said on winning the award, “It is wonderful to receive this recognition for all the hard work our managers and staff have done. We take great pride in our environmental performance, which though it is good for business, we do because our whole team is passionate about nature and the future for the children in our care.”
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 27,000 members and 44 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and the Kingcombe Centre, Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, The Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas. Dorset Wildlife Trust registered charity number: 200222.
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