Nominate those who LOVE our county

BBC Look Norths Carol Malia at the launch with one of last years winners. Picture by Simon Williams.
BBC Look Norths Carol Malia at the launch with one of last years winners. Picture by Simon Williams.

A countywide awards scheme, which celebrate a range of community projects and initiatives, is now open for entries.

The 2016 LOVE Northumberland awards were launched last week by BBC Look North’s Carol Malia at the site of one of last year’s winners in Hexhamshire.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “The LOVE Northumberland awards celebrate the work of the schools, community groups and individual volunteers whose endeavours preserve and enhance the environment of our great county.

“We want to encourage people to get involved and make a difference in their area, and to celebrate all the fantastic voluntary effort that goes on up and down Northumberland each year, which supports the council’s aims to keep Northumberland clean and green.

“I would encourage anyone with an environmental story to tell to get in touch and make an application for an award.”

Entries are invited for the categories of best children’s project; best young people’s project; best urban project; best coast or countryside project; best new project; and an award for an outstanding individual.

The main sponsor of the awards is the Banks Group, whose development relations coordinator Jeannie Kielty also attended the launch at Dukesfield.

She said: “The Banks Group has a strong commitment to working with local communities across Northumberland.

“We see the LOVE Northumberland awards as a fantastic way of celebrating the efforts of residents of all ages as they express their passion for their local areas.

“I am really looking forward to seeing all the projects, groups and individuals that come forward this year to tell us about the work they do.”

The closing date for entries is Wednesday, May 25.

To enter or to nominate someone else, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/love to find out more and download an application form.

Alternatively email carrol.hessey@northumberland.gov.uk or call 01670 622992.