Awards for residents and school
The Duchess of Northumberland helped to celebrate the very best in community and voluntary environmental work across the county at this year’s Love Northumberland ceremony.
Twenty-four groups, organisations, schools and individuals were honoured with winner, runner-up or highly commended awards.
Residents at Mains Place in Morpeth town centre were joint winners of the Best Urban Project category, along with Friends of Ridley Park in Blyth.
Mains Place is also the name of a popular public path that leads to the stepp-ing stones at the river, but as it is a private road, maintenance fell to the residents.
Three years ago, the communal gardens that lined the road were full of mature shrubs, which were woody and past their best.
The residents took it upon themselves to work together to transform the beds into attractive herbaceous borders that are friendly to wildlife and regularly admired by passers-by, and the gardens are now tended to daily.
The wildlife section contains wildflowers, as well as an insect hotel and a hedgehog house that they hope will gain its first resident this winter. There are also bird boxes installed throughout the gardens.
Stannington First School won the Schools Go Smarter Sustainable Travel Award.
It had a successful drive to encourage more parents and pupils to go to and from the school on foot, or by bike or scooter. The hunt for Walking Rocks hidden by staff around the village was a fun way to promote sustainable travel.