Robert Scott has announced the winner of its inaugural ‘Cleaning up your Community’ competition following a day of deliberation by a panel of industry judges.
The Pentref Taclus - meaning ‘Tidy Village’ - group from Llanberis, North Wales, was chosen as the winning project as the judges felt it demonstrated the true meaning of a community clean-up, having started as a Facebook group of volunteers in 2017 that set out to tackle the problem of litter in its own village - a tourist hot spot at the foot of Mount Snowdon.
The group will receive the prize of a day’s cleaning from a professional team on behalf of Robert Scott and £500 worth of cleaning supplies and equipment from the company. Four regional winners were also chosen by the judging panel which comprised: Stan Atkins, chairman of the British Cleaning Council; Neil Nixon, editor of Cleaning & Maintenance magazine and conference director fo the Cleaning Show; Gill Ireson, head of sales at Robert Scott; and the company’s sales director, Alastair Scott.
Speaking on behalf of the Pentref Taclus group, Patricia Pitts said: “The group is so excited about winning this competition as it shows an appreciation for our efforts in improving our local environment. We are looking forward to receiving some long-handled litter pickers and other supplies so we can reach into hedgerows near the lakeside which is a site of special scientific interest - and having the Robert Scott team to help us will be an added bonus.”
Customers and their end users were asked to nominate a local charity or project that they felt deserved some cleaning TLC as part of the competition which was launched on 2 March this year to mark the Great British Spring Clean Weekend. The competition received a wide range of national entries stretching the length and breadth of the country, from Glasgow to Bournemouth.
The regional finalists will each receive £250 worth of cleaning products to contribute towards their organisation. The finalists were Friends of Househill Park/Pollok Baptist Church, Rotherham Sports Acro Club, St Clare Hospice, and the Dovestone Youth Rangers.
Stan Atkins said: “The ‘Cleaning up your Community’ competition was a fantastic initiative to be involved with and really showed us what’s at the heart of many communities across the UK. The other judges and myself were impressed by the number of entries the competition received in its first year, showing us there’s a positive future ahead. I wish all of the winners great success with their projects and urge them to keep up this important work within the community.”
Neil Nixon added: “I was delighted to be involved in Robert Scott’s inaugural ‘Cleaning up your Community’ competition. Considering this was the first year, the breadth of entries - both in terms of type of project and location throughout the UK - was outstanding. There is huge scope for these awards to develop and grow in the years ahead, and I look forward to being part of that development.”
Gill Ireson concluded: “The calibre of entries we received from our customers was truly outstanding. There are so many worthy projects, it made it a very difficult job for us on the day! It’s an absolute pleasure to be in a position to help the five winners with a donation of our products and time that we hope will contribute to the positive work they all carry out in their respective communities. We’re already looking forward to next year.”
Photo shows: Pentref Taclus ‘Tidy Village’ group from Llanberis, North Wales.