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Rent a Tree: Local Property Firm Goes Green
Thursday 25th March, 2010

Rent a Tree: Local Property Firm Goes Green
Wigan Council eco officers Nick Burdekin and Damian Jenkinson, pupils from St Thomas' School, Alannah and David Brand, owners of Connolly's Rental Service Ltd.

Ashton property rental firm, Connolly’s, are the latest local company to be rewarded for their commitment to the environment.

Wigan Council’s environmental education team, which runs the Tidy Business Awards programme with the council’s town centre management and neighbourhood teams, have just presented Connolly’s with their Gold Award.

And to celebrate, they have donated some cherry trees to St Thomas’ and St Oswald’s Primary Schools in Ashton.

Owners of Connolly’s, David and Alannah Brand, said that the school is one close to their hearts.

“All our four children have attended St Thomas’ Primary School, so it’s good to be able to support the school and give something back to the community,” says David. Alannah adds: “It’s also nice to be recognised by the council with a gold award as a tidy business and we look forward to more joint projects in the future.”

The Tidy Business Awards programme aims to reward businesses who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the environment. In particular, the programme asks a business to keep their shop frontages clean and tidy and to reduce, re-use or recycle the amount of waste wherever possible.

The council’s eco team say that Connolly’s has really embraced the TBA scheme: drinks cans from staff are collected and recycled, paper, plastic bottles and trays are also recycled and faxes are used as scrap paper.

The council’s cabinet champion for the environment, Cllr David Molyneux, is pleased to see the Eco Schools programme linking to local business. He says: “Connolly’s kind donation of cherry trees for the two primary schools is much appreciated and will help improve the visual appearance of the school grounds by giving a splash of colour in the springtime.

“Linking the work of the Eco-Schools programme to local businesses is an exciting new step and we are hoping that we can provide this link between many more schools and businesses over the coming twelve months.”

If any business is interested in joining the Tidy Business Awards programme then please contact Nick Burdekin on: 01942 488222

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