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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Environmental education

We offer environmental education sessions to schools, youth groups and community groups free of charge.

Tidy Ted with brush

These sessions focus on litter, dog fouling, fly-tipping and graffiti and are often part of our Civic Pride campaigns.

Tidy Ted 

We have more information on sessions with our anti-litter mascot, Tidy Ted, including how to arrange a visit to your school.

Responsible dog owner assembly

Assembly sessions provide a discussion of responsible dog ownership and the problems caused by irresponsible dog owners. It also includes a visit by our anti-dog fouling mascot, 'Scoop' the dog. The assembly is suitable for Primary/Infant/Junior School years 1 to 6 (Key Stage 1 and 2).

Environmental crime session

A classroom based session teaches children what 'environmental crime' is addressing: litter, dog fouling, fly tipping and graffiti. The session engages with children using discussion, PowerPoint slides and DVD clips. Lessons can be tailored to groups aged from 5 years to adult, and can last from 30 minutes to one hour long.

Please contact us if you would like to book educational sessions or if you'd like further information. We also have a selection of lesson plans and equipment to loan which can support you to deliver your own classroom activity.


Contact us
Civic Pride
03000 26 0000
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Chilton Industrial Estate
  • Chilton
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL17 0SD