Individuals, businesses and community groups in the forefront of climate action will be celebrated later this month.

Dedication and outstanding contributions will be recognised by the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Imam Monawar Hussain, in Oxfordshire’s Climate Action Heroes Awards.

He said: “During my first year in the role as high sheriff, I have been dedicating time to thanking and celebrating Oxfordshire’s heroes – individuals and voluntary groups from all walks of life who have made exceptional contributions to their communities across the county.

“The climate emergency is the single biggest issue we are facing as a society. I would like to take the opportunity to recognise and celebrate those groups and individuals who have made a real difference and contributed to climate action in Oxfordshire.

“I hope to recognise people from all walks of life – young people, community groups, local businesses and beyond – anybody who has made an impact or inspired others to make a change themselves.”

The judging panel will consist of experts in the climate action field with winners will be announced mid-January 2022, followed by a high sheriff’s awards ceremony for the winners.

At the discretion of the judging panel, some winners may be awarded small grants to further their projects. The grants are reserved for non-profit groups or organisations, who have been successful in the following categories: community action, social enterprise or young people/schools.

The grants are being provided by Oxfordshire County Council.