On the 30 November 2017 Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales celebrated some of the leading organisations and individuals in Wales championing sustainability. The awards ceremony, sponsored by AM Llyr Gruffydd, took place in the Senedd in Cardiff Bay to an audience of national and international organisations working to create a more sustainable Wales.
The Awards, hosted by Actor and Cynnal Cymru’s, Rhodri Thomas highlighted the 27 finalists from around Wales, organisations and individuals who have undertaken outstanding work to help achieve Cynnal Cymru’s mission of making Wales a sustainable nation.
The Senedd was alive with the leading activists, thinkers and businesses that are driving forward change to make Wales a better place, from the BBC’s sustainable productions; Dr. Who (with its LED Tardis), Pobol y Cwm and Casualty to Xcel Bowl in Carmarthen and their Foodbank, Furniture recycling and Community Shop; and everything in between.
Cynnal Cymru were inspired by the number of applications received from organisations across Wales. It was the role of an expert judging panel consisting of Chair of Cynnal Cymru, Derek Osborn, Chief Executive of WCVA, Ruth Marks, Co-director of the Sustainable Places Research Institute, Professor Susan Baker and Innovation Lead at Innovate UK, Nick Cliffe, to score all of the amazing applications and narrow down the highly commended finalists. Since September, over 10,000 individual votes were cast by the public which selected the winners of each of the categories of the awards.
Wales and West Utilities, as the main sponsor of the awards, presented a Special Recognition Award to Joyce and Nigel Gervis, the founders and directors of Ty-Mawr Lime. The couple created an innovative enterprise in a rural community, providing much needed jobs, developing techniques to preserve the rural built heritage of Wales and the rest of the UK, finding low carbon, resource efficient responses to the challenges of making old and new buildings energy efficient and water tight. They have created entirely new products and systems and created accredited training courses for architects, building trades and householders, training in excess of 10,000 people. Joyce and Nigel also support many local charities and community initiatives, giving their time as individuals to the civic life of their county and to Wales.