The good and the great of foodservice and hospitality operators and the industry supply chain gathered last month, for the “Footprint Festival” themed Footprint Awards with the Rhug Estate, Corwen, coming home triumphant, winning the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources category.

The Sustainable Use of Natural Resources category focuses on the efficient management and use of natural resource – be that water, fuel, land, energy to meet the needs we have today and help sustain those resources for use by future generations.

Judges in this category focused on significant provable reduction of use of natural resources, impact, lifecycle, efficient management, renewable resources and technology.

Rhug Estate won for their entry about making the Estate more sustainable through renewable heat and power generation, with the judges saying: “Rhug Estate have great projects bringing farming and energy conservation together. They have a fantastic approach to circular farming methods and demonstrating the best of local provenance.”

On collecting the award Lord Newborough said: “It’s a real honour to have won this very prestigious and exciting award. The Footprint Award is what it is all about, it is such a stimulus to us all and will motivate us to achieve greater things in the future.

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