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Waterwise has supported Future Friendly since it's inception, and now in its fourth year the Future Friendly Awards is a nationwide search for heroic communities committed to making a difference by promoting sustainable living through their actions.

This year's finalists have been announced, and details of each are listed below. The closing date for voting is midnight Sunday 26 September 2010. Vote for your favourite to win at www.futurefriendly.co.uk

SHORTLISTED ENTRIES

Cleanstream Carpets, Porth, South Wales: Every year roughly 3.5 million carpet tiles are dumped in landfill in South Wales and South West England. Recognising that many tiles could be reused, a group of industry volunteers formed Cleanstream Carpets to collect and supply them at affordable prices to local organisations and disadvantaged community groups. Satisfied customers range from local schools to a community furniture bank in Bedfordshire. The tiles have even been used to build refuges for great crested newts! Winning the award would support Cleanstream Carpets in exploring other ways of using diverted landfill material.

CycleStreets, Cambridge: CycleStreets (www.cyclestreets.net) is a new UK-wide cycle journey planner website, which equips new cyclists with the confidence to start cycling, improve routes for those already cycling and encourage everyone to enjoy the environmental and health benefits of cycling. Almost 200,000 routes have been planned on the system and interest in the system is increasing fast! CycleStreets is a not-for-profit group based in Cambridge, with years of unpaid work done on the system. With the £10,000 bursary, they can develop new features for the website and raise awareness to help spread the word to more people across the country.

PETRA, Hornchurch, Essex: PETRA (Parkhill Estate Tenants and Residents Association) is a tenant management organisation that aims to create a more sustainable future for the residents of its social housing estate in Hornchurch. Efficient management of its council funding has produced a surplus to spend on environmental projects. Initiatives include improving recycling facilities, growing fruit and vegetables on the estate, a furniture recycling scheme, and tracking carbon emissions. The bursary would allow PETRA to move forward with further proposals for green roofs, composting schemes, beekeeping and further food growing projects on the estate.

Sefton Green Gym, Waterlooville, Merseyside: This allotment project offers members of all ages and abilities the chance to learn new skills through growing organic produce, make new friends, improve their health and benefit the environment. Being outside in green space has proven benefits for mental health, helping to reduce stress and overcome depression, and the project has helped reduce social isolation as well as support sustainability. This year, the Gym made links with the Young Offenders Team who bring teenagers to the allotment to help with the gardening. The Gym faces the threat of closure without future funding.

The Project Group, Oswestry, Shropshire: The Project Group is a dynamic and creative group of people who support members of all ages with mental health issues or learning disabilities through creative art work. The group encourages individuals to express themselves creatively, flourish within the community and gain the self-belief to move forward in life. Over the past year, the group has established a focus on using recycled materials, creating everything from bags from inner tubes, watertight vases from waste paper, and unusual art pieces from recycled glass. Funding will help the group reach communities all over Shropshire and develop their recycled product range.

The closing date for voting is midnight Sunday 26 September 2010. Vote for your favourite to win at www.futurefriendly.co.uk