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Green zone lady recognised

PUBLISHED: 17:14 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:24 24 August 2010

by Lorraine King The efforts of residents on one street to keep up with the Jones has been chosen by the Government for a pioneering project. Lorraine Skinner, pictured, of Haycroft Gardens, Harlesden, is the brains behind a scheme which

by Lorraine King

The efforts of residents on one street to keep up with the Jones has been chosen by the Government for a pioneering project.

Lorraine Skinner, pictured, of Haycroft Gardens, Harlesden, is the brains behind a scheme which has resulted in all the residents on her street adopting a greener lifestyle.

The 'Green Zone' as it has become has been deemed such a success that it has been picked as one of England's first 'Zero Waste Places' by the Government.

Mrs Skinner, a mother-of-seven, turned her street green after a cluster of privately-owned trees on her street were chopped down.

She said: "It spurred me into knocking people's doors and asking them what their recycling habits were. I noticed that the keen gardeners were the ones who habitually recycled so I knew more needed to be done."

Mrs Skinner set up the Green Zone in March last year and since then neighbours have been growing their own fruit and vegetables, avidly recycling their waste and learning how to become much more energy efficient.

Mrs Skinner said: "There was one neighbour who had no idea she was entitled to free loft insulation because she was over 70.

"She has since taken up the offer, which is not mean-tested, and she told me her energy bills have halved.

"If more people adopted a greener lifestyle the world would be a much better place."

Mrs Skinner's efforts have been boosted with the council making recycling compulsory since August.

She said: "It's fantastic that this is going to be an example to the rest of the country.

"Green Zones are about personal contact. If you have a neighbour knocking on your door giving you advice, it works."

The Government has picked six 'Zero Waste Places' which aim to go as far as possible in reducing the environmental impact of waste, at home, in the workplace or in the community.

Cllr Paul Lorber, council leader, said: "I'm delighted that Brent has been chosen as one of just a handful of 'Zero Waste Places in the country.

"There are many local people and organisations working closely with us, through schemes such as the Green Zones, to make the borough a greener place.

"I want to thank them for all their hard work."

lorraine.king@archant.co.uk


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