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    Yorkshire Agricultural Society wins Green Business of the Year Award 29/05/08

Yorkshire Agricultural Society staff were celebrating recently when the Society was awarded the Green Business of the Year Award at the Yorkshire Rural Awards.

left to right: Eleanor Brooke, Facilities Administrator and Sarah Ferguson, Facilities Manager with the Green Business of the Year Award.

Eleanor Brooke and Sarah Ferguson

The awards ceremony, now in its second year, was hosted by Gervase Phinn and took place at Pavilions of Harrogate. More than 200 guests attended and enjoyed a three course dinner, with many of the ingredients being provided by local suppliers.

Sarah Ferguson, the Society’s Facilities Manager, said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award, particularly as the competition was so strong this year! The Yorkshire Agricultural Society has worked very hard over the last 12 months to improve its existing environmental credentials and entering the Green Business of the Year provided an opportunity to highlight some of the changes and improvements it has made to its business practices during that time. These changes have included promoting sustainability, reducing water usage, reducing waste with a year round recycling programme for items including, all paper and cardboard, glass, printer cartridges and even food waste which is recycled via composting and into the Society’s own wormery.”

The Society plans to continue to improve its environmental and sustainable credentials and future projects include the new Regional Agricultural Centre, which will incorporate local materials and energy saving systems and the new farm shop, which will help champion the cause of local food to a wider audience. The Awards are organised by the Dalesman magazine.

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