Searching for green champions

Nicola Wardle, business co-ordination officer in Northumberland County Council's highways and neighbourhood services team and Councillor Alan Thompson, executive member responsible for neighbourhood services and highways at the council launching the LOVE Northumberland ' rewarding community achievement competition this week.  With them are members of the neighbourhood services team who work at Carlisle Park in Morpeth.
Nicola Wardle, business co-ordination officer in Northumberland County Council's highways and neighbourhood services team and Councillor Alan Thompson, executive member responsible for neighbourhood services and highways at the council launching the LOVE Northumberland ' rewarding community achievement competition this week. With them are members of the neighbourhood services team who work at Carlisle Park in Morpeth.

A NEW county competition is seeking nominations to find the area’s leading environmental champions.

The LOVE Northumberland Rewarding Community Achievement awards have been created by the county council to honour projects that preserve and enhance the area, or address local environmental issues.

Applications are invited from schools, community and voluntary groups and a wide range of projects will be accepted.

They will then be divided into six categories, including best new project, best on-going project, best young people’s project and best children’s project, while a judging panel will also score schemes that benefit urban areas, as well as the coast or countryside.

The awards will culminate in a presentation evening at The Alnwick Garden on Wednesday, July 13, where the Duchess of Northumberland will present the prizes. Money will go towards the group or project.

Council Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services and Highways Alan Thompson said: “There is a wealth of community and voluntary effort that goes on day in, day out right across Northumberland.

“We want to go some way to rewarding all of this exceptional work by highlighting just some of the projects and initiatives that make our communities great.”

The competition is part of the LOVE Northumberland campaign, which aims to promote the work of the council and all its partners in keeping the county beautiful for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.

For nomination forms or further information about the campaign telephone 0845 600 6400, e-mail environment@northumberland.gov.uk or visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/love

The closing date for applications is Friday, June 24.