PubAid, the industry voice championing the positive impact of pubs, is thrilled to announce a new category in its Community Pub Hero Awards 2024 – the Sustainability Pub Hero Award. This prestigious accolade is designed to acknowledge and celebrate Welsh pubs that are pioneering sustainability efforts, whether through modest initiatives or significant environmental strategies.
Pubs across Wales who are committed to environmental stewardship are encouraged to enter this award. The move comes at a time when sustainability is more important than ever and the role of local pubs cannot be overstated.
PubAid Co-Founder, Des O’Flanagan, commented, “An increasing number of Welsh pubs are taking proactive steps towards sustainability, contributing positively both locally and nationally. With around 3,000 pubs in Wales, it’s vital to recognise those who are not only supporting our environment but also inspiring others to follow suit.”
Pubs can become more sustainable in numerous ways, such as implementing energy-saving measures, sourcing local produce, reducing food waste, and adopting eco-friendly practices like bee-friendly hanging baskets and water conservation and recycling.
Among the Welsh pubs already recognised for their commitment to sustainability are The Castle Inn in Monmouth and The Bunch of Grapes in Pontypridd, both featured in the Green Pub Guide. The Castle Inn has made significant strides by launching a ‘gift trees’ initiative, allowing customers to offset their carbon impact for just 99p by purchasing a life-changing fruit tree, resulting in over 2,000 trees planted. Their efforts also extend to conscious purchasing, responsible refuse disposal and local sourcing of ingredients.
The Bunch of Grapes has been acknowledged for its commitment to reducing food waste, partnering with the collective Guardians of Grub to address this issue and enhance awareness in the hospitality sector.
If you’re a pub looking to participate in this award or know of one that deserves recognition, please find out more and submit your entry or nominate a pub here. Remember, every step towards sustainability makes a significant difference.