Green Hero Award with help of ‘Big Lad’

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A GREEN-minded woman has won a prestigious award for her environmental work in Sheffield with her heavy horse Big Lad.

Amanda James, aged 37, from Chesterfield, has been hailed as an inspiration to others for her work to establish horse logging, the extraction of heavy timber using horses, as a viable and sustainable industry for the 21st Century.

Now she has won a Green Hero Award from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers

Amanda also uses the horse to engage local communities in understanding environmental issues and, as part of their job, the duo tour local schools to get across the need to keep important traditional skills alive.

She won in the Natural Talent category, which recognises the outstanding change she has made in her life and the inspiration she’s brought to others.

Amanda will receive her award at a ceremony next month from environmental campaigner, and the trust’s vice president, Jonathon Porritt.

In her spare time she has also gained an NVQ Level 2 and 3 in environmental conservation.

Gill Butler of the trust, who nominated Amanda, said: “In both her spare time, whilst studying and at work, Amanda embodies green living and is an inspiration for any environmental student.”