Champion community members recognised

Friends of Chipperfield Common
Friends of Chipperfield Common

The Friends of Chipperfield Common and John Savage from Tring and are this year’s Clean, Safe and Green Community Champion Award winners.

The awards, in their seventh year, recognise members of the community who go above and beyond, helping to keep the borough clean, safe and green.

Mayor of Dacorum Gbola Adeleke presented trophies and certificates to the winners at a special awards evening at the Marchmont Arms.

Friends of Chipperfield Common won the group category. The 40-strong group has laid hedges, created woodland glades, dug mud out of ponds and cut back paths.

They encourage friendship and tighter community relations, while maintaining the beauty of the common.

Winner of the individual category, John Savage, is passionate about picking up litter to keep the countryside safe and welcoming. John spends 100 hours a year picking up over 1,000 sacks of litter from his countryside walks.

As a secretary of the Chiltern Society Rights of Way Group, he also patrols over 100 miles of public footpaths, reports faults, such as broken stiles or obstructions, removes vegetation that blocks the right of way and encourages people to care for footpaths.

Highly commended were Colin Garrett, from Berkhamsted, for creating a network of over 100 Berkhamsted Litter Pickers; the Boxmoor Trust for managing meadows, woods and the stream; and Boho Boxmoor for their community Facebook page.