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Big Club making big savings thanks to energy grant
Published April 20, 2018 1.00pm
Newton Aycliffe Workingmen's Club and Institute, known as The Big Club, is reaping the rewards of energy efficiency after teaming up with a council project.
Get involved in The Big Dig
Published April 19, 2018 11.56am
Are you a keen gardener who would like to help your local community? Groups across County Durham are on the lookout for volunteers to help out at their local community garden - and take part in the national Big Dig campaign.
Tackling green issues at Dean Bank
Published April 16, 2018 3.00pm
Residents in a County Durham village are joining forces with our workers to tackle green issues.
Nature reserve fly-tipper successfully prosecuted
Published April 13, 2018 2.01pm
A man who was caught on camera fly-tipping at a National Nature Reserve has been ordered to pay hundreds of pounds and carry out unpaid work.
Unlicensed scrap metal dealers pay the price
Published March 29, 2018 3.30pm
Two men who brought scrap metal to a County Durham yard without licences have been ordered to pay hundreds of pounds each.
Chester's Best competition returns for second year
Published March 29, 2018 8.37am
Budding gardeners in Chester-le-Street are being encouraged to showcase their skills in a competition which aims to create a more attractive environment within the town.
European partners share energy efficiency ideas
Published March 27, 2018 10.33am
Partners across Europe have been sharing ideas on how to promote energy efficiency as part of a five-year EU project.
Dog owner fined for failing to update microchip
Published March 26, 2018 1.26pm
A County Durham woman has been left more than £600 out of pocket after failing to update the microchip details for her dog.
Summer opening hours for Household Waste Recycling Centres
Published March 23, 2018 11.52am
Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in County Durham will soon be switching to summer opening hours.
Sponsorship Opportunities available for Environment Awards
Published March 22, 2018 12.21pm
Sponsors are now being sought for the 29th County Durham Environment Awards.
Support for flood prevention scheme
Published March 20, 2018 10.37am
Strong public support has been given to a proposed £6.2 million flood prevention scheme for Chester-le-Street.
Dog owner who didn't pick up mess falls foul of the law
Published March 16, 2018 1.27pm
A dog owner who did not pick up after her pet has been left more than £200 worse off and with a criminal conviction.
Operation set to continue 'Sprucing Up' County Durham
Published March 15, 2018 1.53pm
A national award-winning environmental campaign in County Durham has been extended as a result of its overwhelming success.
Fight on food waste receives funding boost
Published March 13, 2018 9.56am
The war on food waste in County Durham has been given a major boost with the awarding of a grant worth more than £35,000.
Motorists warned of potential travel disruption
Published March 06, 2018 4.47pm
Motorists are being advised of potential disruption to their journeys amid localised surface water flooding in County Durham.
Litter heroes urged to take part in this year's Big Spring Clean
Published February 23, 2018 11.13am
Communities and volunteers across County Durham and Darlington are being urged to take part in the eleventh annual 'Big Spring Clean' litter-picking campaign.
Pest control help for County Durham businesses
Published February 15, 2018 10.25am
Businesses in County Durham looking to tackle or avoid pest problems are being offered free help.
We win national award for Operation Spruce Up
Published February 12, 2018 3.29pm
We have clinched a prestigious national 'green' award for the second year in a row - thanks to Operation Spruce Up.
CCTV catches man fly-tipping garden waste near kennels
Published February 07, 2018 3.23pm
A man who was caught on camera fly-tipping garden waste near boarding kennels has been left counting the cost and with a criminal conviction.
Bloomin' marvellous Durham in running for national title
Published February 06, 2018 12.01am
Durham City is in the running for a prestigious national title in recognition of its bloomin' marvellous gardens.