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Growing Challenge rewards keen, green growers
Published December 07, 2018 10.37am
School pupils who entered the County Durham Growing Challenge have received green prizes to keep blossoming.
Assembly gives pupils paws for thought
Published November 30, 2018 10.04am
Pupils received an important lesson from a waggy-tailed visitor to promote responsible dog ownership.
Flytipper dealt crushing blow as vehicle destroyed
Published November 23, 2018 11.42am
A van twice used to dump waste illegally in County Durham has been crushed.
People pull together to 'Spruce Up' Consett
Published November 21, 2018 10.02am
Consett was given a thorough 'Spruce Up' thanks to an award-winning campaign.
New campaign urges people to be Litter Heroes
Published November 20, 2018 4.12pm
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and even Captain America - they've all been spotted in Durham City.
Weardale war memorial repaired for remembrance services
Published November 14, 2018 12.25pm
Fallen servicemen from Upper Weardale have been commemorated with a newly restored grade II listed war memorial.
'Early wins' in fight against single use plastics
Published November 14, 2018 10.30am
Our efforts, and those our partners, are leading the way on efforts to reduce the amount of disposable plastic waste they create.
Green groups can still apply for funding
Published November 12, 2018 2.41pm
Volunteer groups working on horticultural projects can still apply for up to £500 of funding.
Failing to update dog's microchip details costs pet owner £200
Published November 09, 2018 3.08pm
A dog owner who failed to get his pet microchipped after it strayed has been left £200 out of pocket.
This year's Environment Awards winners announced
Published November 09, 2018 2.12pm
The winners of the 2018 Environment Awards were announced at a ceremony in Durham City last night.
Showing Chester-le-Street at its best
Published November 05, 2018 12.54pm
Green-fingered volunteers in Bournmoor have been honoured for their work to ensure their area remains an attractive place to live.
Have your say on Seaham town improvements
Published November 01, 2018 1.19pm
Seaham residents are invited to have their say on plans to improve their town at a number of consultation events.
Flytipper's van to be crushed as council crackdown continues
Published October 31, 2018 12.59pm
A van used by a flytipper to dump old furniture in an isolated location is to be crushed and recycled, as a council continues to crackdown on environmental crimes.
Still time to apply for rural project funding
Published October 29, 2018 1.36pm
Applications for funding are still open for potential projects that benefit rural economies in the north east.
County Durham leads bid for green energy funds
Published October 25, 2018 1.35pm
After two and a half years of international knowledge sharing, a project that improves the energy efficiency of businesses in County Durham has hit a key milestone.
Countryfile's favourite farmer Adam Henson brings live theatre tour to County Durham
Published October 24, 2018 11.00am
A well-known farmer will share his thoughts on agriculture and rural life, plus stories from his own family farm, when he visits County Durham next month.
Durham named Best Small City at Britain in Bloom
Published October 22, 2018 3.27pm
Durham City is the bloomin' best - that's the official verdict of judges at a prestigious national gardening contest.
Durham's national marketing campaign to boost 'wild' Autumn breaks
Published October 19, 2018 1.27pm
Visit County Durham is encouraging visitors to 'go wild' in Durham with the launch of their This is wild, This is Durham national marketing campaign.
Unlicenced scrap metal dealer successfully prosecuted
Published October 16, 2018 11.15am
A scrap metal dealer who traded without a licence has been left financially worse off and with a criminal record.
Community Action Team back at Easington Colliery
Published October 12, 2018 4.24pm
A multi-agency programme which tackles environmental and housing issues is back at a County Durham community and bigger than ever.