George is a Local Hero
Hethersett's George Beckford is the Environment Champion of the Year.
George is the first winner of a new category in the Norwich Evening News' Local Heroes Awards presented for outstanding contribution to communities.
The new award, which celebrates someone who has helped the environment, was collected on George's behalf by Heather Williamson who nominated him as George was on his way to visit his daughter in New York.
George, who lives in Grove Road, is a founder member of the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT).
"He's a great guy and he will be absolutely thrilled to win. HEAT members are all over the moon that he has won," Heather said.
She said that under George's leadership and enthusiasm the team organises regular litter picks, maintains flower beds and hanging baskets and carries out tree pruning and site clearing as well as making many other improvements to the village's environment.
"George has been a strong and popular leader. He has encouraged all ages to take part in our work, including scouts, brownies, pupils and parents of the school and many others. George has endless energy and the HEAT team is proud of him," Heather said, adding that George encourages villagers to be proud of their gardens by starting up the Hethersett in Bloom competition which led to the village being entered into the Anglia in Bloom competition for which the village has been awarded two bronze and a silver certificate.
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