A South West company has won a prestigious environmental award for its work in Cornwall.

Devon-based Glanville Environmental secured the silver Green Apple Award for 'Environmental Improvement', thanks to its ingenious efforts on a sewer pipe upgrade scheme in Falmouth.

The project faced added complexities as the pipe was located near a watercourse and holiday park.

The usual method of trench digging had the potential to impact the local environment negatively, so Glanville devised an alternative.

Falmouth Packet: Glanville Environmental secured the silver Green Apple Award thanks to its efforts on a sewer pipe

James West, Glanville environmental framework delivery manager, said: "We are thrilled and honoured to accept this recognition, which acknowledges our steadfast commitment to sustainable solutions and environmental stewardship.

"Our unwavering commitment lies in relentlessly exploring the most cost-effective, secure, and eco-conscious solutions for intricate challenges."

By restricting trench digging to only 30 per cent of the pipe and installing a protective liner inside the existing sewer, the team significantly reduced disruption and environmental impact.

John Evans, head of programme delivery at South West Water said: "We are delighted to celebrate our collaboration with industry experts like Glanville Environmental with this prestigious environmental award win.

"It is even more rewarding to have received national acclaim in this instance.

"The mix of landscapes in our region pushes us all to leave places better than we found them and explore new ways of working to help make this happen."