A Pembrokeshire College student’s dedication to creating a more sustainable world earned her recognition at the recent Radio Pembrokeshire Young Achiever Awards.
Seventeen year old Amy Staff of Cynwyl Elfed in Carmarthenshire was awarded the Commitment to the Environment Award, which was sponsored by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
Pembrokeshire College student Amy Staff was awarded the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority-sponsored Commitment to the Environment Award at the Radio Pembrokeshire Young Achiever Awards.
Amy, who is currently studying Environmental Science, said: “I was ecstatic when I found out I'd won the award! There are just so many opportunities in Pembrokeshire to make a difference to the environment, it's brilliant, and so addictive once you get stuck in! I didn't think for a minute that I'd ever get an award for doing something I enjoyed so much, most awards come from extremely hard work, I've just been having a good time!
“As cheesy as it sounds everyone really does have a duty to help protect the environment, as we all have an impact on it in some way. It's so easy for people to get caught up in their daily lives with no consideration for who or what else it could have an effect on, I want to change that.”
Amy already has an impressive CV having volunteered with Pembrokeshire Friends of the Earth promoting their ‘Bee Cause’ campaign as well as volunteering for Pembroke 21C carrying out ecological surveys.
She was one of only 75 students to be offered a Nuffield Research Placement this summer, while she also spent four weeks at the National Botanical Gardens of Wales working on the Barcode Project, which is aimed at helping to reduce illegal trading in areas like the rainforests of Borneo.
She was also appointed as the Green Representative at the LUSH store in Carmarthen where she works part-time, where she introduced a scheme encouraging customers to return their packaging.
As part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award she worked at Swansea Community Farm where she worked on a furniture upcycling project. Amy is now planning to take part in a Frontier expedition to Nepal to promote environmental issues to school children.
The award was accepted on Amy’s behalf by her sister Megan, as she was unable to attend the awards ceremony. Pictured presenting the award is National Park Authority Discovery Team Leader Graham Peake. © Pembrokeshire Photography.
National Park Authority Discovery Team Leader Graham Peake commented: “Amy’s enthusiasm for conservation and the environment is easy to see as she has already undertaken a wide range of important work with many different organisations.
“I hope this award will inspire Amy to continue this work and encourage more young people to get involved in conservation work, whether it’s here in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park or further afield.”