Countdown as landfill award enters final round
Community projects up and down the country have their fingers crossed as they find themselves short-listed for a £7,000 prize.22 projects are still in the running for this year's prestigious Biffaward Awards, designed to highlight the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme and projects that have benefited from it.
The winners will be announced by Environment Minister Elliot Morley on September 23 in Barton-on-Humber.
The 100 projects that entered this year's competition showcased the broad range of schemes that received funding from tax credit scheme, which allows organisations based near landfills to bid for cash to improve the local environment.
Those remaining include gardens and greens, pond conservation, sports facilities and a sprinkling of village halls.
"The awards are a great way to celebrate the importance of the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme," said Martin Bettington, chairman of the Biffaward scheme.
"The shortlisted organisations have all worked extremely hard to make a difference to their local environment or community and this is a great way of giving recognition to their efforts.
"This is the seventh year of the awards and the competition just gets tougher and tougher - the awards will be even more interesting this year."
By Sam Bond