Environment Awards deadline extended
Environmental champions still have time to see their efforts honoured after the deadline for entries to this year's County Durham Environment Awards was extended.
Businesses, volunteers and great green projects are being urged to put themselves forward ahead of the new closing date of Friday 10 August.
Chair of the County Durham Environment Partnership, Oliver Sherratt, said: "The awards are a real opportunity to highlight the excellent environmental work that goes on in our county every year.
"We've have already had many fantastic nominations but want to make sure that all of those who want to enter this year have the opportunity to do so, so the deadline has been extended for a further two weeks."
Now in their 29th year, the awards will see prizes rewarding top design, environmental guardianship and community spirited work.
The award's 12 categories include:
- Built environment
- Climate change
- Community partnership
- Greener business
- Natural environment
- Places and spaces
- Schools and colleges
- Waste management.
There are also awards for Volunteer group of the year, Volunteer of the year and Under 18 volunteer of the year.
To submit an entry or to nominate an environmental champion you know go to the Environment Partnership website or call 03000 267 133. The deadline for 2018 entries is Friday 10 August.
Young firefighters blazing a trailIt is entrants to those latter three categories that judges particularly want to hear from, with community organisations potentially following in the footsteps of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service's Young Firefighters, who won last year.
In 2017 11 young people aged 13 to 17, and their mentors, from CDDFRS' Durham Station took home the prize following work to improve the environment in Sacriston.
Having spent time speaking to the community they then volunteered on Saturday and Wednesday evenings, weeding, planting and maintaining flower beds, litter picking, painting seats and jet washing paths, particularly in the Cross Roads area.
Old planters and containers were recycled and replanted with pollinating plants to encourage honeybees, and the group's efforts inspired other children in the village start to volunteering and to undertake environmental projects.
A CDDFRS spokesperson said: "It was a real honour for our young firefighters to pick up an award at the County Durham Environment Awards last year for their hard work and commitment in making County Durham a safer and better place for everyone.
"The awards are a great way to celebrate community spirit in Durham and to highlight the importance of caring for your local community and we are proud to be a part of it."
Winners will be announced at our awards ceremony in November.
The Environment Awards are sponsored by Durham County Council, Durham University, Banks Group, Citrus Group, Lichfields and Durham Wildlife Trust.