ENVIRONMENTALLY friendly projects in schools, businesses and the community in Marlow are set to be recognised with the launch of a new award for green projects around the town.

Masterminded by ‘carbon coach’ and DJ Dave Hampton, the 'Watt Next?' award will join the roster of prizes for community radio station Marlow FM’s Hidden Gem Awards 2014.

The new category will seek out the most inspiring green project or idea throughout the area, with judges looking for a real long-term contribution towards a better environment for the town.

Green champion Mr Hampton said: “The winner might be a green school, a business, building, product, project - anything that beautifully demonstrates successful, sustainable, eco innovation, and is up and running.”

The eco-award is supported by Marlow Mayor Suzanne Brown, who said it sits alongside the town council’s 10-year vision for sustainability for the town.

Mr Hampton, who presents green-themed show of "Watt Next? - all things being eco”  has received backing for the prize from property firm Deriaz Slater.

Marlow FM’s Hidden Gems gongs are designed to celebrate the close-knit community in Marlow and recognise individuals, organisations and business for their efforts in aspects of town life.

Other prizes include best pub or restaurant, sports team of the year, teacher of the year and services to charity, with selected categories being voted by the public.

A not-for-profit station, Marlow FM is volunteer-run and has to raise money each year to stay on the air from its studios at Longridge Activity Centre.

Presenters and staff broadcast over 20 shows spanning niches and genres, and celebrated three years on the airwaves in May.

Entries are to be submitted via the Marlow FM website www.marlowfm.co.uk by Sep 6, and the winner will be announced at the awards dinner on Saturday September 27th, at the Crowne Plaza in Marlow.