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finalists in the Cornwall Sustainability Awards

The finalists shortlisted are as follows (companies in alphabetical order):

Best Managed Small Company
Cornish Crisp
Event Cornwall
Green Waste
Primrose Valley Hotel
Spiezia Organics

Best Managed Medium Company
Community Energy Plus
Enact Energy
Henry Orchard & Sons Ltd (Scrap)
Laurence Associates (Planning)
Monkey Sanctuary

Best Managed Large Company
Carlyon Bay Hotel
Hall for Cornwall
Tamar Foods
TJ International (printing)
West Pharmaceutical Industries

Low Carbon Business
Cottage Farm, Jacobstow
Enact Energy
Laurence Associates (planning)
Newquay Zoo
Par Waste Water Treatment Plant - South West Water

Resource Management
Clayworks
Cornish Crisp
Robert Wiseman Dairies

Products & Services
Acaster Blades (boilers)
Clayworks
Forest Fuels
Kensa Heat Pumps
St Eval Recycling
Williams Chassis Motorcycle

Best Individual
Barry Philpott - Hall for Cornwall
Lee Duke - Chasing Paper
Neil Farringdon - Community Energy Plus
Paul Sousek - Cottage Farm, Jacobstow

Sustainable Construction
Boscastle Playgroup (refurbishment)
Boswyn - rehabilitation centre (new build)
Burntwood - private dwelling (new build)
Dairy Farm - private dwelling (conversion)
Ebeneezer Chapel - private dwellings (conversion and new build)
The Scarlett Hotel (new build)

Hiden amongst them is Cottage Farm, local Jacobstow organic farm.

The winners will be announced at a lunch on Friday 3rd December 2010, The Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge.

Paul and Celia Sousek run Cottage Farm, which is an organic, sustainable, carbon neutral farm powered by renewable energy with almost zero use of fossil fuels, one of the first in the country.

We rear native breeds almost exclusively on grass with minimal use of supplementary fodder, following a high welfare regime. We sell fresh organic meat boxes and aim to sell all our boxes locally. When delivering our boxes, we use carbon neutral means of transport and reusable boxes.

Paul says "Isn't it fantastic to be selected for a prestigious award like this?"

In four years we converted Cottage Farm to organic status, established a herd of local rare breed Red Ruby cattle and a herd of rare breed Wiltshire Horn sheep and now we supply our neighbours and others with fresh beef and lamb boxes.

At the same time we also converted our house and farm to zero carbon footprint, reducing our carbon footprint by 100% from 7 tonnes CO2/year to 0 and at the same time supplying carbon neutral electricity to the grid for the benefit of our neighbours.

First we reduced our energy consumption by 30% and then installed various renewable energy systems: heat store powered by 40 solar thermal tubes and wood burner using own wood from the farm, wind turbine and PV panels for green electricity and a bore hole for water.

We also produce our own 100% bio-diesel from waste vegetable oil, which we use to run our car, our Landrover and the farm tractor, and to deliver our meat boxes. That means that all the work done on the farm and all our deliveries as well as our general driving is almost completely CO2 free.

We are featured by Superhomes, Grand Design Great British Refurb, the Sustainable Development Commission, the Transition Movement, Farming Futures, The Royal Agricultural College, Cornwall Today and others. I am now also being invited to speak to various groups on these subjects to demonstrate that organic carbon neutral farming is possible and that every farm in the country could be and should be a net energy exporter.

Superhomes (www.Superhomes.org.uk) is a charity building up a national network of exemplar energy efficient homes of which Cottage Farm is the only member for Cornwall . As members of Superhomes we hold regular Open Days (7 this year), where members of the public learn about, touch and feel the various energy saving measures and renewable energy devices and are inspired to do likewise, as well as enjoying an organic farm walk to look at our land and animals.

The best place to find out more about us is www.transitionnc.org (click on Food Directory and Cottage Farm)

Have a look and join in! To get in touch just phone Celia on 01840 230 548 or email cottage.farm@tiscali.co.uk"