A NON-profit community interest company with roots in Powys is celebrating after picking up two awards for its commitment to tackling climate change.

9Trees was founded in 2018 by Michael Cunningham, an experienced habitat and business manager who lives in Erwood, near Builth Wells.

It has been named the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) Micro Business Award winner, for tackling climate change, restoring new woodland habitats, promoting biodiversity and creating jobs within the countryside sector. It also picked up the Sustainability Award.

“We are delighted to be recognised for two awards for sustainability and Microbusiness of the Year,” said Michael, who collected the award at the end of March.


“We have also won the ‘Natural Environment Award’ for the south west of England and we have been nominated by Conservation Optimism for the 'Earth Shot Prize',” added director Yzabella Hill, Director, from Llandrindod Wells.

The FSB Wales Awards has highlighted and celebrates many prestigious firms and inspiring small businesses, from sustainability consultants, pioneering prosthetics, a pedigree sheep and flower farm & environmental NGOs

9Trees was set up to support the climate response, working towards economy, ecology, biodiversity, wellbeing and community.

It works with landowners, planting, maintaining and conserving native trees, offering skills and experiences to volunteers and supporters who find outdoor environments beneficial for health and wellbeing.