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Nursery staff clock up 23 million plants and 70 years' service
Published July 13, 2018 10.22am
They've overseen the production of more than 20 million plants which have brightened up County Durham.
Community clean up heads to Willington
Published July 11, 2018 9.58am
Residents in Willington are playing their part in a community clean-up which is taking place within the village.
Business saving money and environment thanks to council project
Published July 09, 2018 2.28pm
A County Durham business is making significant savings after reducing its energy costs with help from a council-led project.
Focus on energy efficiency at European conferences
Published July 06, 2018 1.35pm
Partners involved in an innovative European project aimed at promoting energy efficiency have been sharing ideas at conferences in Italy and the UK.
Man fined after flytipping on Christmas Day
Published July 05, 2018 2.54pm
A man who spent his Christmas Day flytipping has been ordered to pay more than £600 after being caught on CCTV.
Waste permits now available electronically
Published July 02, 2018 5.00pm
Disposing of household waste in County Durham is now easier than ever following the introduction of electronic permits.
Woman caught on camera littering blames her mum
Published June 29, 2018 11.46am
A woman interviewed on camera after dropping a cigarette later claimed the person in the footage was her mum.
Sprucing Up Pelton, Tow Law, Gilesgate and Shildon
Published June 26, 2018 9.49am
"You can see the improvement straight away," "painting has really lifted the Front Street," "thanks a lot for your help, really made a difference" and "great to see the kids getting involved."
Campaign will build on city's successes
Published June 25, 2018 1.51pm
A new initiative is seeing efforts to build on Durham's reputation as a world class city stepped up.
University student honoured with environment award
Published June 19, 2018 2.17pm
A university student who has dedicated her free time to arranging a two-day conference on climate change has been recognised with an environment award.
Unlicensed scrap dealer successfully prosecuted
Published June 12, 2018 12.01pm
An unlicensed scrap metal dealer who drove off when his vehicle was approached by one of our wardens and was stopped by police has been left hundreds of pounds worse off.
Celebrating 100 years of the RAF in flowers
Published June 11, 2018 9.39am
One hundred years of the Royal Air Force (RAF) are celebrated in a new floral display in Durham City.
Record year for Big Spring Clean
Published May 22, 2018 8.48am
Thousands of residents across Durham and Darlington have given up their free time to take part in the most successful Big Spring Clean campaign to date.
Clean up at Horden's numbered streets proves a success
Published May 08, 2018 2.55pm
A multi-agency operation to clean up part of a County Durham village has proved a major success, with 37 tonnes of rubbish, 30 fridge freezers and 11 TVs removed to date.
Failing to help with fly-tipping enquiries costs man £1,000
Published April 23, 2018 2.24pm
A man has been left more than £1,000 worse off after failing to comply with a fly-tipping investigation.