Royal gong for Stroud campaign group

A CAMPAIGN group working across the district to take action on single-use plastic has received a royal award.

Stroud District Action on Plastic has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

This is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.

Just 244 awards were handed out 

It is one of just 244 of the awards – which recognise outstanding work by community volunteer groups – handed out this year in the UK.

The Stroud volunteers work with individuals, businesses, schools, councils and community groups to reduce reliance on single-use plastic.

Members have created a website brimming with information and resources which they hope will be replicated by groups across the UK.

They will receive the award crystal and certificate from Edward Gillespie, Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire later this summer.

Claudi Williams, one of the founders of SDAP, said: “We are delighted that our volunteers’ work and engagement in the community is being recognised with this prestigious award.

“Plastic overuse and pollution is a scourge on the environment we live in and is a matter that concerns all of us.

“Tackling the problem by yourself can feel overwhelming.

“By working towards a plastic-free community we have shown that everyone plays a vital part, whether they are a family, a business or a school, and that together we can make a real impact. “We are deeply grateful to everyone in the local community who supported this initiative and volunteered their time and effort.

“With the UN warning that plastic pollution in oceans and other bodies of water may double by 2030, there is still so much to be done!’



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