Praise for Kirklees' 'green pioneer'

A COUNCIL employee has been hailed a “green pioneer.”
Graham Wiles, project manager of Kirklees Council’s Green Business Network (GBN), has been shortlisted by The Guardian as one of the country’s top 50 green pioneers.
Graham set up the notforprofit business support organisation for the council 15 years ago. Its aim is to deliver environmental advice and projects to promote ‘green’ issues.
Over the years the GBN has won more than 20 awards, including a record four prestigious national Biffawards, which celebrate its success in providing new and innovative solutions to environmental problems.
One of Graham’s most successful projects through the network is the ABLE project which is a unique social enterprise built on a former landfill site near Wakefield. It combines fish and horticultural produce with training in horticulture, aquaculture and environmental skills for disadvantaged groups.
The ABLE project has become a blueprint for many others around the country and one is being developed on the Ponderosa site in Heckmondwike which will combine a visitor attraction with an outdoor learning centre.
ABLE has attracted a lot of media interest and has been featured in the press and TV.

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