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Historic home in Carnforth wins major Lancashire award

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A historic house in Carnforth has won an award for environmental excellence at a countywide ceremony.

Leighton Hall won the Environmental, Social and Governance Award at Lancashire Business View’s Red Rose Awards.

The awards were held last week at held in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens ballroom and Estate Manager Lucy Arthurs collected the award on behalf of the Leighton team in front of more than 1,000 business professionals.

Lucy said: “We were so excited to be short listed and just getting to the final was a fantastic achievement, but to bring this award home is an incredible testimony to all the team’s hard work.

"We take our environmental and social responsibilities very seriously and for this to be recognised and celebrated in such a public way is wonderful.

“The estate makes up 10 per cent of the Silverdale & Arnside AONB and consists of 450 acres of woodland. Each generation at Leighton has taken responsibility for the natural environment and local community seriously and this work continues today.

"This year we’ve re-established a woodland by planting 30,000 trees, helped endangered butterflies, developed a bulb planting programme for pollinators and established a forest school for pre-school children and educational visits; as well as supporting local cancer care charities with their fund raising."

Leighton Hall is the ancestral home of the world-renowned Gillow furniture family. The centre of an agricultural estate since mediaeval times, it is a Grade II* listed building with stunning grounds and is open for the public to tour.

Event founder Richard Slater, also the publisher of Lancashire Business View magazine, said: “The Red Rose Awards, now in its 13th year, are very hotly contested, so Leighton Hall should be very proud that they have seen off all the competition to win this award!

Presenter Graham Liver compered the evening, with entertainment from Hot Piece of Brass, MH Productions and The Fun Experts. Headline sponsors for the event were Forbes Solicitors and Barclays. The official judging partner of the awards was Lancaster University and validation partner was RSM.

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