A CINEMA has won a national award for sustainability in the arts.

Depot Cinema in Lewes has been awarded the Highest Achievement for Commitment prize at the national Creative Green Awards 2020.

The awards recognise and honour the achievements of the creative community in taking action on climate change.

Depot green ambassador Natasha Padbury said: “This award brings positive news at an extremely challenging time, particularly for arts organisations.

“It’s essential that a Covid recovery is also a just, green recovery and so we’re extremely proud to be part of such a dedicated culture shift for a better future.”

Cllr Adrian Ross, Chair of Lewes District Council said: “Our heartfelt congratulations to all the team at the Depot on this fantastic and much-deserved accolade.

"Since opening in 2017, Depot has become a real focal point for the Lewes District, with its varied programme of film screenings, special events and its fabulous restaurant and garden.

"It’s clear that Depot prioritises sustainability, which is evident in their investment in green infrastructure, regular environmental programming and commitment to Julie’s Bicycle’s emission reducing framework.

"Now is a particularly challenging time for the arts and hospitality sectors and so I hope that cultural hubs such as Depot will continue to thrive as we recover from the pandemic.”

The annual awards recognise cultural organisations and events which are embedding environmental sustainability.

They are organised by Julie’s Bicycle, a London based charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability.