SKDC councillor wins top environmental award

Environmental champion Cllr Dr Peter Moseley has been named Councillor of the Year at the 2021 Green Flag Awards in recognition of his "significant contribution" to the SKDC's public parks and green spaces.

Cllr Dr Moseley, an elected member of SKDC for over seven years, has made his mark on the district through a series of far reaching and pioneering projects and initiatives to improve the district's green credentials, making a positive impact for residents, visitors, the wildlife, flora and fauna.

He is the driving force behind Green Flag status for Wyndham Park and Queen Elizabeth Park in Grantham and his more recent work focused on reducing SKDC's carbon footprint as a response to climate change.

Cllr Dr Moseley said: "We've done a lot of great work in South Kesteven during the past few years with support from hard-working volunteers alongside own parks and environmental staff but to actually win this award is a genuine surprise.

"It might sound a little unlikely for those who know me, but I was speechless when I found out!

"In addition to the Green Flag and parks work, one of the things I am most proud of is securing cross-party agreement on SKDC's declaration of a climate emergency, a decision which prompted action giving positive results in several key areas."

While Cabinet Member for Commercial & Operations, his remit covered parks, grounds maintenance, licensing, IT, Environmental Health, refuse collection and street cleansing - as well being responsible for the council's response to climate change, including use of electric vehicles and intelligent street lighting.

Judges were impressed with how Cllr Dr Moseley delivered on his promises and is seen as an active, proactive, hands-on councillor with the trust of his officers.

The heard how he led on park projects such as:

·        Dysart Park improvement

·        Queen Elizabeth Park improvement

·        Wyndham Park play area improvement

·        Community Orchard

Other key initiatives they were briefed on include:

·        Chairing SKDC's Blue Green Corridor project and leading its roll-out

·        Founding of the grounds maintenance company EnvironmentSK

·        Commitment to increasing the number of trees planted on council-owned land

·        Leading re-wilding projects across the district

·        Ensuring environmental commitments are included in the Corporate Plan