SNOW Business and Forest Green Rovers FC are among two businesses that have been awarded for their contribution to the environment by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

The green credentials of 10 county firms, leaders, landowners and organisations were recognised by the charity as part of its Nature Works Business Awards.

Held at the House Commons on Wednesday, October 31, with the support of Gloucestershire’s MPs, including Stroud’s Neil Carmichael, the awards were split into seven categories, recognising a range of contributions to the county’s living landscape and wildlife.

Darcey Crownshaw, founder and managing director of Ebley-based artificial snow provider Snow Business, picked up the award for outstanding contribution to nature by a business leader.

Established in the early 1980s, the company offers world-leading winter effects using eco-friendly materials that were quickly adopted as the industry standard.

Judges also praised the firm for its investment in a 17th century water mill - maintaining acres of waterways, trees and a meadow - and its establishment of an orchard providing fruit and vegetables for employees and a habitat for wildlife.

Forest Green Rovers claimed the award for exceptional commitment to nature by a small or medium-sized enterprise.

Presented on the day by Neil Carmichael, the accolade recognises the club’s plans to collect and recycle rainwater from under the pitch and the stadium roof, as well as its switch to organic, locally sourced ingredients in fan’s snacks and meals.

Elsewhere, the Food and Environment Research Agency at Woodchester Park claimed the members’ business of the year award, in part for its on-going efforts to develop an oral TB vaccine.

Dr Gordon McGlone, chief executive of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust said: "Over 50 businesses have joined us at these awards, all of which have directly made a positive difference to Gloucestershire’s nature.

"The House of Commons - the centre of the country’s decision making - is a fantastic place to recognise our business exemplars."

Mark Gale, social entrepreneur and a trustee of the trust, added: "The calibre of entries was hugely impressive, which made judging a tough task.

"The winners were astounding and should be proud for all they have done in committing to make Gloucestershire a healthy environment."