Green-fingered Peckover House are Waste-not winners at East of England Environmental Awards

Richard Carter of Adnams presents the Waste-not Winner award to Peckover House's Head Gardener Alli

Richard Carter of Adnams presents the Waste-not Winner award to Peckover House's Head Gardener Allison Napier. - Credit: Archant

The gardening team at Wisbech’s Peckover House have reason to celebrate after they recycled their way to the Waste-not award at the East of England Environmental Awards ceremony.

The annual awards, held at Anglesey Abbey, near Cambridge, recognise the work of East Anglia’s National Trust teams and their green-fingered efforts.

National Trust teams from around the East were competing for prizes in ten categories, including Green Kitchen, Wise Use of Water, Holiday Cottage Hero, Best Energy Reduction and Waste-not Winner - which was scooped up by Peckover House’s gardening team.

The Peckover team were rewarded for their passion for recyling, with the team recycling in both the house’s gardens and its offices.

The house saves paper and envelopes to re-use in the printer or as note paper, compost fruit, tea bags and coffee grains from break times as well as recycling 99% of their garden waste.


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Peckover House received a unique wooden plaque made from magnolia sourced from Sheringham Park in Norfolk, as well as a framed certificate.

Speaking after the ceremony, the National Trust’s Environmental Practices Adviser for the East of England, Miranda Campbell, said: “We work hard to ensure our supporters see our places looking their best, but there’s also a huge amount of innovative work that happens behind the scenes to keep these historic places ready for the challenges of the future.

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“Our teams are really encouraged to take steps to reduce impacts on the environment and these awards are a way to say thank you for work that is often unseen.”

Peckover House is a former Georgian merchant’s town house and was lived in by the Peckover family for 150 years.

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