Judging & Results

We are delighted to announce the winners for CSA 2017!

We hope that everyone enjoyed their night at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards, and that all of our winning & highly commended finalists are happy with their trophies and certificates.

We received a large variety of applicants this year, and we were impressed by all of you.

Below is a list of this years categories, and all of those who were either Highly Commended by the judges, or who were Winners in their category.

If you’d like to see more about this years categories, you can see the full list here.

The winners & highly commended for 2017 are:

Best Managed Micro Business

Winner: Keep Cornwall Fed

Keep Cornwall Fed intrigued and engaged all the judges. They all felt this demonstrated one of the areas that Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly leads the thinking in a joined up, 21st Century way. It’s not only business-like but demonstrates an understanding of a circular economy, and is an inspiration to other start-ups.

Highly Commended: The Jackson Foundation Gallery

The judges felt that The Jackson Foundation Gallery were a sign that Sustainability is reaching more and more corners of activity in Cornwall, and becoming a central part of working life, wherever that may take place.

Best Managed Small Business

Winner: Camel Valley Vineyards

The judges thought that Camel Valley Vineyards is an iconic Cornish brand which has led the field over the past 15 years, taking Cornish excellence to the world, and winning international acclaim and awards. While they are strutting the global stage they are looking after their own patch at home making sure their excellent produce is going to be just as amazing forever, making them a worthy winner of this category.

Judge’s Special Award – Longstanding Commitment to Sustainability: Bosinver Farm Cottages

Bosinver Farm Cottages received this commendation from the judges for their consistent commitment to sustainability, and for continually progressing and evolving the way they do things to stay at the cutting edge; showing their visitors how to do it, and changing the behaviour of their visitors in a positive way.

Highly Commended: Urban Biodiversity

Urban Biodiversity provided a well-written entry that couldn’t fail to demand a close read. And when the judges read it, they felt there was real substance in their activity. They really enjoy what Urban Biodiversity are doing, and are proud to display it.

Best Managed Large Business (Medium & Large combined this year)

Winner: St Austell Brewery

The winner of the large business category is one of Cornwall’s largest companies. One that most of us are very proud to call our own, producing a range of wonderful goods that now all of us can enjoy safe in the knowledge and with clear conscience because they are striving to make all their products through more environmentally aware processes. Alongside their processes, the steps they’ve made over the last few years in energy reduction, recycling in all parts of the business and a culture of care for the place they call home and everywhere they sell their produce, command respect across their successful enterprise.

Highly Commended: Naturally Learning & Arco2 Architecture

Naturally Learning is reaching out to spread a set of very appropriate messages for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly’s image and to their own business success, to people across the Duchy and beyond.
Arco2 Architecture demonstrates their command of the sustainability issues in a very visible way: the built environment, which of course will be there for decades to come as an exemplar of good work.

Best Contribution Towards Creating A Sustainable Food Economy

Winner: The National Lobster Hatchery

The National Lobster Hatchery is an organisation that has become a national treasure in conserving marine biodiversity, while also safeguarding the livelihoods of small coastal communities. It has been a pioneer in marine conservation, and receives over 40,000 visitors per year who learn about sustainability in their industry.

Judge’s Special Commendation: Tamar Grow Local

The judges wanted to give a special mention to Tamar Grow Local, a local partnership attracting national attention for helping communities walk the walk when it comes to local sustainable food resilience. They’re a triumph of the grassroots to renew for the 21st century traditions and practices that were lost in the 20th century.

Highly Commended: Fish for Thought & Wild Harbour Fish Company

This year, we were pleased to see a strong representation of Cornwall’s fish and shellfish businesses. There is an increasing understanding amongst customers and suppliers of the importance of sustainability and traceability. The judges have jointly commended two companies, who are both doing a fantastic job on promoting sustainable fish, and marketing this effectively to wider audiences.

Best Contribution Towards the Creation of a Sustainable Energy Economy

Winner: Kensa Heatpumps and Coastline Housing

The judges were particularly impressed with the partnership approach taken by the organisations involved. The wider benefits of this application added to the overall sustainability of this approach for both the community housing sector and also it’s transferability to the private sector. In an economy with ever increasing fuel poverty and spiralling energy costs, this application is a worthy category winner.

Highly Commended: Goldolphin House

The judges were impressed by the approach taken by the Godolphin House, in particular, the rapid implementation and the personal ownership of the project by those involved. Their application was backed up by hard data which confirmed the benefits of the works undertaken by them.

Best Contribution to Resource Efficiency

Winner: Co-cars Ltd

The concept of Co-cars Ltd provides society with a viable alternative to the huge inefficiencies and resource wastage presented by individual car ownership. With many private cars sitting unused for over 90% of the time and ‘second cars’ often unused for 95% of the time, the approach taken by this organisation offers a potential solution with huge benefits to both individuals and society. The judges wish Co-cars Ltd well, and look forward to the service being replicated across Cornwall.

Highly Commended: Falmouth & Penryn Repair Cafe

Consumer goods are frequently discarded when they prematurely fail. Often faults are trivial and can be easily repaired, but people don’t have the knowledge, and repair costs can exceed the value of the item. This organisation not only enables the life of consumer goods to be extended, but also brings people together in a social setting. The judges feel that this is an excellent model which could be grown across Cornwall.

Best Contribution to the Built Environment: Retrofit

Winner: Jackson Foundation Gallery

The winners of this category, Jackson Foundation Gallery, exemplified the spirit of these awards. In this building the old internal Victorian beams were re-conditioned with new energy efficient insulation. Building companies were all local, and materials were sourced as locally as possible. All the timber was FSC and the project used local handmade doors and windows, all highly insulated. The building is heated with ground source heat pumps, with solar PV on the roof, low energy lighting and car charging for electric vehicles. Wider sustainable benefits were also considered. There is a policy of accessibility and non-elitism to all members of the public, and nearby local businesses have reported an upsurge in their takings as a result of this project. This project focuses on the arts and the natural world and showcases a holistic approach to sustainable retrofit.

Highly Commended: Fox Atrium by Falmouth University and Ward Williams Associates

The Fox Atrium entry reflects the sustainable aspirations of the client through the most obviously sustainable method, re-using older buildings. The project incorporates a new ETFE roof structure to link existing buildings, whilst creating an internal courtyard and enclosing the existing buildings within this new structure and therefore improving the thermal efficiency of all the buildings. It is a great example of a retrofit that considers benefits beyond just the project itself. There is an innovative living green wall, which reduces the impact of surface water run-off, cools the air in the warmer summer months and provides insulation in the winter. The project is located within the UK’s highest ranked Arts University and creates a new and vibrant educational and social space. A project for Cornwall to be proud of.

Best Contribution to the Built Environment: New Build

Winner: Velidhu by Ian Armstrong

This award category is for a project that demonstrates the best of Cornish Sustainable buildings, and the judges feel that this project certainly does that. It is a self-build highly energy efficient property with the highest Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) rating in Cornwall and it actually generates more income than the cost of energy it uses. The building is super insulated, the fabric is airtight, breathable and the external joinery all triple glazed. It was built using sustainable materials such as natural stone untreated timber and sheep’s wool insulation. Moreover it has an ethos of replicability showcasing the best principles of sustainability to share with others. This building is a worthy award winner.

Best Contribution to Cornwall’s Brand Through Sustainability

Winner: Surfers Against Sewage

This organisation has evolved from a single-issue pressure group into one of the country’s best recognised marine conservation charities. Over the past few years it has grown from 4 to 14 staff, and attracts funding from some of the biggest charitable foundations to create high-value sustainability and marine conservation jobs in Cornwall. It represents over 300,000 regular supporters and now mobilises the biggest beach clean community in the UK, some 30,000 volunteers annually contributing over 150,000 hours of time to protecting beaches nationwide. Its priority issue today is plastic pollution, which is frequently top of the global environmental agenda, as Blue Planet recently documented. Internationally recognised, this year has seen the charity take its message of ocean optimism to the UN Oceans Conference in New York, the Our Oceans Conference in Malta and organise many events through its own All Party Parliamentary Group in the Houses of Parliament, where it brings together leading voices of marine conservation, MPs and ministers to discuss new measures to protect the ocean. It was recently honoured to be asked by HRH the Prince of Wales to organise the Ocean Plastic Awareness Day in Cornwall. The list of accolades goes on…

Best Individual Contribution

Winner: Ralph Retallick of Coastline Housing

This individual has gone well above the call of duty and brought much needed warmth, comfort, energy and investment to the social housing sector. Championing fuel poverty for many years and driving sustainability and energy efficiency improvements across this sector. Government cuts over recent years has not deterred him from raising funds and helping customers to access the grants they need to get out of fuel poverty. Ralph has happily reassured countless worried customers about basic things like how to read a meter and how to programme their heating systems. For many people who are living alone without family nearby, this sort of personal touch is worth its weight in gold. He is a green champion within his workplace, helping to reduce carbon emissions and related costs. Working with academics and experts in the built environment and health he has gone on to help reduce the presence of damp in homes, and understand the health impacts of related factors like mould on conditions such as asthma.

Highly Commended: Deb Rosser of ReFill Bude

Deb Rosser is a volunteer, community influencer, and protector of her local environment with a passion for sustainable practice. She’s the founder of a local community initiative, which operates on a model that seeks to reduce waste & single use plastics, by working with local businesses to encourage and incentivise the refilling of water flasks and coffee cups. This simple scheme encourages better consumer choices, gives businesses a simple sustainable solution to offer customers, reduces the demand for and consumption of single use plastic, protects their local environments, and funds community projects from the proceeds. The project has grown from strength to strength since she started it 2014 and has inspired a local Clean Cornwall campaign called Turn On The Tap and was also adopted by the city of Bristol, who have taken the campaign out into a national ReFill UK campaign.

Tomorrow’s Contribution to Sustainability

Winner: Fishy Filaments Ltd

The judges were unanimous in choosing this company as winner. Founded by Ian Falconer, this is a new company designed to prevent the escape of plastics into the environment, land or ocean, minimise the impact of recycling those plastics and provide a local economic return by doing so. They take used fishing nets that would otherwise be trucked to landfill or across Europe for recycling, depending on the materials used in their construction, and transform them into a form immediately useable in the growing sector of 3D printing.

Highly Commended: Fathoms Free

8 million tons of plastic and 640,000 tonnes of lost fishing gear enters the marine environment every year. There are very few options for the retrieval and recycling of these. Fathoms Free has developed schemes for recycling the plastics gathered from our coasts and end-of-life fishing gear, most of which presently ends up in landfill as there is no designated free recycling scheme for such materials, and then turning them into new products.

Best Contribution to Environmental Growth

Winner: Greenyard Flowers

We’re sure that the winner in this category surprised some of you this year. The industry sector this company belongs to has previously not been known for their ‘environmental sustainability’, as this sector was notorious for causing environmental problems e.g. from the use of herbicides and pesticides, and soil run off into water courses. However, the company that the judges chose as the winner is one that is now leading the way in this industry. This company is doing much to create an environmentally sustainable business, and we hope it continues its quest further on this journey, and may it raise the bar for the whole horticultural sector in Cornwall and further afield. It is the UK’s and World leading grower and packer of daffodil flowers and bulbs.

Highly Commended: Crowdy Marsh Ditch Blocking Project by South West Lakes Trust

Cornwall’s Environmental Growth Strategy aims to increase our natural habitats so that biodiversity can flourish. Protecting biodiversity in little isolated corners of the countryside is not enough. We need to take a landscape scale approach to give space for nature. One excellent example is the peat marsh restoration project!

Best Contribution to Sustainability by Increasing Resilience in the Community

Winner: Newquay Community Orchard

The winner that the judges chose is a multifunctional community growing space, designed to provide environmental education, employability training, mental health therapy, community events, food security, and environmentally sustainable economic growth. This project has an ethos that revolves around sustainable management, not just in practice but also in the ability to influence visitors, partners and the wider community. It is an off-grid community site, 100% organic, and moving towards being waste neutral, excess food is donated to a local cooking charity for the homeless and the team are working with Falmouth University sustainable product design students.
The site is a Permaculture Land Demonstration Centre, which means it takes a holistic view on sustainability encompassing all environmental, social and economic aspects. This all-encompassing approach is the reason the judges felt this was a worthy award winner.

Highly Commended: Looe Bathing Waters Project

The judges were impressed by the depth and breadth of this project which empowers communities to take collective responsibility for their water environment. Consistent positive engagement with businesses, homeowners, schools and farmers is shaping a culture which will self-sustain healthy people, wildlife, the wider environment and the economy for future generations.
A diverse partnership has steered and funded the project and the work that has been undertaken is equally impressive, from stencilling Yellow Fish symbols on surface water drains, to creating woodland and wetland areas on farms.

Overall Winner

Winner: Kensa Heatpumps & Coastline Housing

The judges felt that this application/project was the best example of a sustainable, local cooperative project that delivered an affordable, green and efficient integrated solution utilising local skills and businesses keen to deliver energy savings both economically and environmentally, an exemplar to all for the sustainable future of Cornwall. It’s tremendous to see an engineering company in Cornwall leading the way in environmental solutions as our precision manufacturers here have done in so many ways for generations.

Well done to all of our winners, runners-up, and finalists this year!

The judges for the Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2017 were:

  • Kim Conchie – Cornwall Chamber of Commerce
  • Esther Kieboom – CIoS Local Nature Partnership
  • Caron Johnson – Eden Project
  • Judy Proctor – Environment Agency
  • Stu Anderson – CIoS Growth Hub
  • Andrew Williams- CIoS Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Matt Coleman – Independent Environmental Consultant (not pictured)
  • Matt Hocking – LEAP (not pictured)

Judges- Medium

The judges for the 2017 awards were met with a very high quality of applications, there were some who had applied before and continue to improve their business and others who were applying for the first time.

Here is the shortlist from this years Cornwall Sustainability Awards:

  • Aaron Moore – CNC Craft
  • Arco2 Architecture Ltd
  • ashortwalk
  • Bosinver Farm Cottages
  • Camel Valley Vineyards
  • Co-cars Ltd
  • Cornwall ScrapStore
  • Crowdy Marsh Ditch Blocking Project – South West Lakes Trust
  • Deb Rosser – ReFill Bude
  • EcoKitty
  • Eight Wire
  • Falmouth & Penryn Repair Café
  • Fathoms Free
  • Fish for Thought
  • Fishy Filaments Ltd
  • Fox Atrium – Falmouth University & Ward Williams Associates
  • Godolphin House – National Trust
  • Green&Blue
  • Greenyard Flowers
  • Hellesveor Farm & Velidhu – Arco2 Architecture
  • iWalk Cornwall
  • Jackson Foundation Gallery
  • Keep Cornwall Fed
  • Kensa Heat Pumps & Coastline Housing
  • Lethytep
  • Looe Bathing Waters Project
  • Marie Louise Maternity
  • Naturally Learning
  • Newquay Community Orchard
  • Phil Crossley – Ward Williams Associates
  • Railholiday Ltd
  • Ralph Retallack – Coastline Housing
  • Russell Geake – Deciduous Partners Ltd
  • Smile Together
  • St Austell Brewery
  • St Austell Urban Village Management Company Ltd
  • St Mewan Primary School – Caxton Communications
  • Sue Patton – Cornwall Development Company
  • Surfers Against Sewage
  • Tamar Grow Local
  • The Beach Clean Network Ltd
  • The Eco Park
  • The National Lobster Hatchery
  • The Natural Store
  • Trerieve Farm – J & M Candy Farms
  • Urban Biodiversity
  • Wild Harbour Fish Company


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