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Welcome to the Show the Love finale! Grab yourself a drink and some nibbles and without further ado let’s head on over to the green carpet at the inaugural Green Heart Hero Awards...
Hosted by Clive Anderson in the spectacular Speaker's House in Westminster on 13 March, the first ever Green Heart Hero Awards have been a huge success! Not only did the Energy Minister Claire Perry attend and give the keynote speech, but non-other than the Prime Minister herself dropped by and met all the short-listed nominees and Award winners.
On the left: Claire Perry, Energy Minister, delivers her keynote speech. On the right: Theresa May meets a family from her constituency who were nominated for a Best Green Heart Award.
It's brilliant that Theresa May and Claire Perry had the chance to witness, first hand, the passion and enthusiasm of people from across the country, and from all walks of life, who are determined to meet the challenge of climate change head-on, with positivity and optimism about what we can achieve.
And the winner is...
Across all the categories there were hugely inspiring nominees, from community projects and individuals through to schools and youth projects. Here is the full list of winners:
Most Sustainable Visitor Site - RSPB's Nigg Bay Reserve, Moray Firth
Izzy Morgan, the reserve warden for Nigg Bay, came all the way down from the highlands of Scotland to receive the award!
From left to right: Abi Bunker (RSPB Head of UK Policy and Advocacy), Izzy Morgan (RSPB Central Highlands Reserve Warden) and Mel Coath (RSPB Senior Policy Officer working on climate change)
Sustainability in Sport - Forest Green Rovers
Greenest School or Youth Project - St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, Maidenhead
Greenest Business - Rubies in the Rubble
Greenest Overseas Project - CAFOD's Community-based green energy project, Kenya
Rural Innovation - Energy Local, Bethesda, North Wales
Greenest MP - Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton
Greenest New MP - Rebecca Pow, MP for Taunton Deane
Most Inspirational Community Project - Rose Hill and Iffley Low Carbon
Most Inspirational Community Individual - Mark Dixon, Mersea Harbour
For more information on the winners and nominees and what they were nominated for, head to the Green Heart Hero Awards website, and prepare to be inspired!
Last but definitely not least, there is the Award for Best Green Heart! This went to the fabulous Claire Tinsley, who read about crafting green hearts in Nature's Home, our members magazine! Claire created the stunning hare green heart badge that was sent to Liz Bonnin. Huge congratulations to Claire, and to all the crafters, for help making Show the Love 2018 truly memorable.
On the left: Claire Tinsley receives her award from Clive Anderson. On the right: The fabulous heart that Claire was nominated for.
Saving the best till last!
A chance to look back at how it all went down this year, here is The Climate Coalitions fabulous highlights film. See what famous faces you can spot. You might even see your own hand-crafted heart!
Now it's your turn to tell us what you think of Show the Love 2018!
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Many congratulations to all nominees and winners! Credit also due to the PM for taking the time to meet these very special people, something she should continue doing.