County resumes its search for green champions

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THE annual county-wide search for Northumberland’s environmental heroes has been launched.

The county council’s third ‘LOVE Northumberland – rewarding community achievement’ awards aim to identify people and projects that enhance their local area.

Nominations are invited from schools, community and voluntary and other groups for works to improve and/or preserve outdoor spaces and habitats as well as schemes which address local environmental issues or problems.

This year, new categories have been added for the individual whose efforts towards their local environment make them stand out from the crowd and for the best environmental project by a business based in Northumberland.

Other sections are as follows: best new project, best urban project, best coast or countryside project, best young people’s and best children’s project.

Andy Rutherford, head of highways and neighbourhood services at the county council, said: “Every year we have been extremely impressed with the wealth of community and voluntary effort that goes on day in, day out right across Northumberland.

“Through the annual LOVE Northumberland awards we aim to go some way to rewarding all of this exceptional work by highlighting some of the projects and initiatives that make our communities great.”

Winning entries will receive a £250 prize and runner-up projects a £100 prize. The money must be spent on something that will benefit the project or work in the community.

For more information, telephone 0845 6006400. The closing date for applications is Friday, May 31.