Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service has helped a shopping centre scoop a top environmental award for its efforts in composting and planting.

Hildreds of Skegness received the silver Green Apple Award at a ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament in recognition of its green initiatives.

Cited as a contributer and stakeholder to the efforts which helped win the award was LCVS’s Jackie Lane, project worker for the Anglia Water Keep it Clear initiative, who helped organise a number of events last summer.

The shopping centre competed against more than 500 other nominated businesses for Environmental Best Practice.

Last year alone, the Hildreds collected around 200kgs of food waste generated by one of its tenants, The Cottage Loaf Café, and composted it on site. This reduced the amount of waste going into landfill and made nutritious compost that the centre then reused to grow food in its own rooftop garden.”

Centre manager Steve Andrews said: “I am absolutely delighted to win the award and really proud of the centre’s achievements.”