Tonbridge and Malling Environmental Champions rewarded

Twelve Tonbridge and Malling residents have been recognised as Environmental Champions by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council for ‘going the extra mile’ to improve their local environment.

Recently, Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Brian Luker, presented signed certificates along with a pot of local honey and a complimentary voucher for a tour of Tonbridge Castle to the winners, who were all nominated through the Borough Council’s Environmental Champions scheme.

The winners also received a £50 ‘Love2Shop’ High Street voucher from Jack Lavington, Regional Director of Veolia Environmental Services (UK), and sponsor of this year’s awards.

The scheme, which was launched in 2009 to encourage more people to make an extra effort to improve the environment, is open to all Tonbridge and Malling residents and anyone can nominate a person to become an Environmental Champion.

The winners were rewarded for a range of environmental efforts including litter picking, work as a Street Monitor, recycling, repainting play equipment in Snodland, taking part in community days and organising events to raise awareness of environmental issues. All of
the winners have played a key role in helping to raise awareness of the national Love Where You Live campaign, which aims to inspire everyone to help keep their neighbourhood clean and tidy.

Mayor, Cllr Brian Luker, says: “We are very fortunate to have so many residents who are keen to protect our environment and I am really impressed by our Environmental Champions. I hope their actions will inspire others to show that they Love Where They Live by doing what they can to keep our borough clean and tidy and help preserve our communities for future generations.”

To nominate someone to become an Environmental Champion please call the Council’s Environmental Projects Coordinator on 01732 876295 or email

The winners are listed below:

Alf Smith (Aylesford)

Alf has been a Street Monitor for Aylesford over the last year after recommendation from Aylesford Parish Council. Alf litter picks around his home and the Parish Council Car Park and recreation ground on a voluntary basis.

Mr Harry Elliot and Mrs Nadine Elliot (Tonbridge)

Harry and Nadine are dedicated River Wardens and Street Monitors. They have been showing they love where they live for over five years. Almost every weekend they walk along the River Medway clearing litter particularly around Haysden Country Park in Tonbridge. They are very proactive and volunteer their time to the Medway Valley Countryside Partnership with Andrea Griffiths.

Sue Vidler (Tonbridge)

Sue has been a Street Monitor for four years, the first to register in South Tonbridge. Sue regularly reports littering, damaged street lighting and graffiti whilst out and about. Sue has recently supported the Clean Borough Team in producing the artwork for the Love Where You Live Campaign as one of the ‘faces’ of Tonbridge and Malling. Sue is very keen on recycling and has also been featured on our new recycling calendar.

Julie Walker (Tonbridge)

Julie has also been a street monitor for four years. Julie is an active member of her local neighbourhood watch and edits the newsletter ‘Watchout’ on behalf of the West Kent Neighbourhood Watch Association. Julie regularly reports graffiti and dog fouling to Streetline for action. Julie encourages others to join the Street Monitor Scheme. She also displays anti-littering and dog fouling posters in her home. Julie has also supported the Clean Borough Team as one of the ‘faces’ of the Love Where You Live campaign for Tonbridge and Malling.

Terry Hines (Tonbridge)

Terry was the first Street Monitor to join the Council’s scheme in Tonbridge. Terry has worked for the City of London Council specialising in the built environment and highways services, as well as British Rail.
He has a passion for the urban landscape and the conservation of Tonbridge Town Centre. He has recently supported the Borough Council with the Love Where You Live campaign having been selected as one of ‘the faces’ fronting the campaign and even getting his face featured on the rear of a double-decker bus.

Joe Sidowicz (Veolia Environmental Services, Tonbridge depot)

Veolia is the Council’s contractor for Waste and Recycling Services.
Joe is a Street Cleansing Operative for the Larkfield area. He is a reliable and dedicated employee who takes pride in his work. Joe was selected as one of ‘the faces’ for the national Love Where You Live campaign and was featured on the side of an ad-van which drove around the borough during the launch week in September.

Ben Kember (Snodland)

This young man provides help in his local community. He asks for no reward. He involves himself in supporting activities with young people through to supporting the pensioners coffee morning. He is always willing to give his time for others and is particularly keen in keeping Snodland clean. Over the years he has attended every Bash the Trash event in Snodland including several clearing out Nevill Lake, litter picking Nevill Park, Lee Road and Churchfields.

Ella Randall (Snodland) – PIPs Co-Chair and Jane
Adams (Snodland) – PIPs Co Chair

Debbie Alford-Smith (Snodland) – PIPs Secretary and
Linda Lake (Snodland) Committee

PIPS, Parents Improving Playgrounds in Snodland, repainted all the play equipment in the main play area at the Recreation Ground. The difference made is beyond description and they deserve a real vote of thanks. It took the band of volunteers three days to complete the work of transformation. Children had described the play area as dull, damp and unwelcoming, well they can’t say that any more as the play equipment now sparkles in a variety of colours and there are even stripes, flowers and sweets painted on the equipment. This repainting is just the start of the ambitions of the group, who hope to work with Snodland Town Council to raise enough money to completely renew the playground and then they plan to move on to more projects. PIPs host a very busy Facebook page with 150 members. They are always researching and looking for innovative ways to improve and maintain sustainable play areas.

Photo: The new Environmental Champions with the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Brian Luker and Jack Lavington, Regional Director of Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Left to right: Debbie Alford-Smith (PIPS, Snodland), Janie Adams (PIPS, Snodland), Sue Vidler, Tonbridge, Ben Kember, Snodland, Joe Sidorwicz, Tonbridge, Jack Lavington, Regional Director (SE) Veolia Environmental Services UK, Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Brian Luker, Alf Smith, Aylesford, Terry Hines, Tonbridge, Julie Walker, Tonbridge, Harry Elliot, Tonbridge, Nadine Elliot, Tonbridge and Ella Randall, (PIPS, Snodland).

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