Grundon achieves a Double at New Business Awards

Grundon Waste Management Ltd has been recognised for its long term support of nature in Gloucestershire, by winning two awards at the county’s first ever business awards dedicated solely to nature.

The awards, established in Gloucestershire Wildlife Trusts’ 50th anniversary year, to publicly recognise and reward county businesses who actively contribute to Gloucestershire’s wildlife and wild places, were attended by the Minister of State (Agriculture and Food) Rt Hon James Paice MP (Con).

Launched on the 22nd June at the House of Commons in London, the awards were jointly sponsored by county MPs, Martin Horwood MP, Cheltenham and Richard Graham MP, Gloucester in true ‘coalition’ style.

Two awards were presented to Grundon Waste Management Ltd, to recognise the company’s commitment to environmental conservation:

Outstanding Contribution to Nature by a Gloucestershire Business

Neil Grundon, Development Director, was presented the award by Martin Horwood MP (Lib Dem). “Grundon Waste Management Ltd is a family business that has supported Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and other local projects for over 20 years. Grundon has contributed over £2 million of both its own funds and money through the Landfill Communities Fund to environmental and community projects.” said Dr. Gordon McGlone, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

“Grundon operates from Wingmoor Farm near Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham where part of the site is a nature reserve. Recent support includes land purchase at Coombe Hill nature reserve, funding of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trusts Living Landscape programme and environmental improvements at Cheltenham Rugby Club’s Newlands Park facility.”

On receiving the award Neil Grundon, Development Director said; “Grundon is a third generation family business that’s here for the long term. It isn’t just about the balance sheet, our shareholders value long term projects where you can build relationships. The projects we have supported range from willow weaving at Swindon Village School to funding the purchase of nature reserves.”

Outstanding Contribution to Nature in Gloucestershire by a Business Leader

Richard Skehens, Managing Director of Grundon Waste Management Ltd was presented his award by the Rt Hon James Paice MP (Con).

“Richard Skehens has shown exceptional leadership as Managing Director at Grundon Waste Management Ltd.” Said Dr. Gordon McGlone. “He first contacted Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust over 20 years ago when the company was purchasing Wingmoor Farm. This far sighted initiative led to the establishment of a nature reserve at Stoke Orchard. Richard has supported a wide range of nature projects in Gloucestershire and become a friend to wildlife, taking a personal interest and providing support and advice along the way.”

For more information on the activities of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, please visit their web site.

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