By Paul Brown
Villa won a major environmental award - and picked up the prize at an exciting event at the Houses of Commons.
Villa won the bronze gong at the Green Apple Organisation awards ceremony.
It was for their sustainability work at Restaurant VMF.
The specific category was 'environmental best practice in restaurants' and head of hospitality and events Alison Plant as well as executive chef Peter Reed were on hand in London to collect the gloriously fruity gong.
The No.1 in that category was Sarks Hotels.
Alison said: "It was fantastic to see our work recognised by The Green Apple Organisation.
"It's another proud moment for Restaurant VMF. After winning a host of awards over the past few years, it's fair to say we will never tire of winning more as they come along.
"We're intensely proud of our sustainability projects here at Villa and aim to keep setting the standards in the coming weeks, months and years ahead."
Restaurant VMF has really hit the high notes since opening its doors in October 2010. The latest night in the Directors-based eatery is a French Evening.
As a result of this success Villa have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their experience.
Restaurant VMF utilises several sustainability projects in their operations, such as the successful allotment project.
The allotment, which lies just 1.5 miles from Villa Park, is tended to by 80 young people from the St. Georges Community Hub in Nechells which has been active in the youth communities of Aston and Newton for the past 12 years.
In the first season of the allotment, 750kg of potatoes were harvested and served in the VMF restaurant.
This season it will expand to a full range of vegetables, potatoes, salad items and herbs from the 92 raised gardens and greenhouses at the site.
The site also features four of the twelve hives used to produce honey at VMF.
Restaurant VMF - and other eateries on site - also use local suppliers wherever possible, with 80% of the produce used coming from the counties surrounding the West Midlands.
This includes farms in Bloxwich, Wythall, Tamworth and Earlswood as well as many other local businesses and producers.
The Green Apple Organisation runs the annual international campaign to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.
The Green Apple Environment Awards were launched in 1994 by The Green Organisation and have become well established as one of the most popular environmental campaigns in the world.
The awards are now in their eighteenth year and well established as one of the major environmental recognition schemes, both in the UK and internationally.