St. Walburg received two prestigious LivCom Awards in London, England

The LivCom Awards are the world's only competition focusing on best practice regarding the management of the local environment. These Awards are endorsed by the United Nations Environmental Programme and every year the Awards recognize the achievements of communities in tackling the most pressing environmental issues for the planet.

The 2007 finals, held in Westminster, showcased presentations from 46 communities and projects from 23 nations. A total of 280 nominations were received for these Awards. Judging is across six criteria that are considered to create a liveable community. The criteria are Enhancement of the Landscape, Heritage Management, Environmentally Sensitive Practices, Community Sustainability, Healthy Lifestyles and Planning for the Future.

One Award is given for the each of these six criteria and St. Walburg was awarded the Criteria Award for Community Sustainability.

In the Whole City Awards Section A which is for communities with a population of under 20,000 St.Walburg, population 850, won a Silver Award and placed second after Clonakilty, Ireland. This Award is based on all six categories.

This was the second year that St. Walburg was accepted as a finalist and invited to attend the Awards. In 2006 the St. Walburg delegation of Tony & Merrill Leeson and Norm & Ennie Linkert came home from Hangzhou, China with a Bronze Award. The improved performance in 2007 by the delegation of Mayor Gordon Hall and Tony & Merrill Leeson indicates that St. Walburg was good and is now better. The Town can now claim to be a world class sustainable, liveable community.

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