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Cowbridge story-telling circle project scoops national award win
25 September 2013

A project which installed a story-telling circle in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, is celebrating success after scooping a prestigious environmental and community award, the Biffa Awards 2013.

The ‘Children’s Outdoor Story-telling Circle’ project, run by the Cowbridge Charter Trust, was today named winner of the ‘Small Grants’ category for their dedicated work to improve the area through the installation of the story-telling facility. As a category winner they received £2,000 in prize money to further develop their project.


Administered by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, Biffa Award awards grants to environmental and community projects, using landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Group Ltd.  Each year, the people transforming their communities and improving the environment through Biffa Award projects are recognised at the Biffa Awards ceremony.  This year more than 240 recently completed projects competed to win a prize in one of five categories – Recreation, Cultural Facilities, Community Buildings, Small Grants, and Rebuilding Biodiversity.


The Cowbridge Charter Trust was established in the Vale of Glamorgan in 2004 for the preservation, conservation, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest.  In 2008 the Trust’s attention was drawn to restoring and developing the Old Hall Grounds, and in 2012 they applied to Biffa Award for a grant to create a storytelling circle located between the library and nursery.


The project included the purchase and installation of a storytelling chair, and nine three-seater benches to be used as an outdoor classroom and meeting place for local children, parents and story tellers.  There is an emphasis on stories about the local natural and historic heritage, drawing on experts from the Trust’s own committee as well as those involved in the local history society.


This year’s Awards were held today at the ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum. The theme for the Awards was ‘Stronger Together, and sought to celebrate the people behind the projects that are helping to build and rebuild their local communities in these difficult economic times. 


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“The Biffa Awards are a unique opportunity to celebrate and reward the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded. All of our projects deserve recognition for the work they do, but we are delighted for the Cowbridge Charter Trust on their success at this year’s Awards. Their dedicated work is not only improving the area, but it has really involved the local community – inspiring volunteers as well as creating a fantastic experience for visitors.”