Llangrove resident Lucy Hoare recently celebrated winning a bicycle in the county’s inaugural Greener Footprints Week grand prize draw.

This reward was in recognition of her pledge to adopt sustainable practices and make a positive environmental impact.

Pictured alongside her daughter Greta, Ms Hoare expressed her joy, saying, “We cycle together as a family, but my bike is over 20 years old so I was delighted to win this prize.”

Spearheaded by the Herefordshire Climate and Nature Partnership, the Greener Footprints campaign was initiated last year. It underscores the idea that even minimal adjustments, be it purchasing from eco-friendly businesses, insulating homes, or minimising food wastage, can catalyse a substantial shift towards sustainability.

Ms Hoare’s commendable pledges ranged from engaging with the local ‘Stop the Drop’ clean-up group to advocating for energy conservation by unplugging unused chargers and ensuring electrical appliances are switched off when not in use. She further emphasised the importance of sustainable consumerism by choosing second-hand clothing and rearranging her fridge and freezer to reduce food wastage. Echoing the campaign’s spirit, she remarked, “I think it’s important to do what you can. It’s not all or nothing.”

The Greener Footprints #pledgefortheplanet initiative fervently encourages every resident in the county to embrace at least one eco-friendly change. For those keen to learn more about this impactful campaign, further details are available at zerocarbon.herefordshire.gov.uk. Their message: collective small steps towards sustainability can pave the way for a greener tomorrow.