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Climate Emergency Expo
Published July 19, 2019 3.38pm
County Durham's first Climate Emergency Exhibition took place this week.
A smart approach to tackling empty property burglaries
Published July 17, 2019 12.21pm
A project aimed at protecting empty homes is continuing to make its mark in Shildon.
Still time to nominate for 30th Environment Awards
Published July 12, 2019 10.32am
As a previous winner of County Durham's Environment Awards reminisces on receiving an award 30 years ago, groups and individuals are being reminded there's just one week left to nominate.
County Durham's low carbon future
Published July 10, 2019 12.17pm
The North East's largest authority is planning for a carbon neutral future.
Funding win will help restore County Durham woodlands
Published July 03, 2019 1.09pm
A scheme that aims to improve County Durham's woodlands has been awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of funding.
Future of derelict school discussed
Published June 26, 2019 1.33pm
The future of a derelict school building in County Durham has been discussed at an urgent multi-agency meeting.
Teacher leads the way for climate change in the classroom
Published June 26, 2019 10.10am
A County Durham teacher is among the first in the country to become a United Nations climate change champion.
Going green to keep Durham's streets clean
Published June 25, 2019 1.06pm
The North East's largest council is trialling new electric cleaning equipment as part of its fight against climate change.
County Durham recyclers reminded not to use bags
Published June 24, 2019 1.07pm
Residents are being reminded not to place items inside bags when filling their recycling bins and boxes.
Woman fined hundreds of pounds for failing to clear rubbish
Published June 21, 2019 4.13pm
A woman who has repeatedly blighted her neighbours' lives by leaving rubbish outside of her home has been ordered to pay out almost £1,300.
Consulting on a vision for the future of County Durham
Published June 21, 2019 9.41am
By 2035, County Durham will have more and better jobs, people will live long and independent lives and communities will be well connected and supportive.
New cycle station encourages bike and book lovers alike
Published June 20, 2019 9.40am
Book worms and cyclists will be able to get their fix as libraries install new cycle friendly facilities.
Durham City Train Station harnesses flower power for mental health
Published June 14, 2019 10.32am
Budding displays at Durham City's Train Station will help people discover mental health support.
Entries are open for the 30th Environment Awards
Published June 06, 2019 9.57am
County Durham's prestigious Environment Awards are looking for entrants as they mark their 30th year.
Slow to 20 road safety scheme set for 6 more schools
Published May 07, 2019 3.48pm
A successful scheme to improve road safety by introducing part-time 20mph speed limits around schools looks set to be rolled out to a further six sites.
Show off your gardening skills in Chester's Best competition
Published May 03, 2019 1.05pm
Gardening enthusiasts are invited to enter their green spaces into a local contest.
Cooling the climate this Compost Awareness Week
Published May 01, 2019 9.39am
As part of International Compost Awareness Week, we are offering discounted compost bins to encourage residents to recycle their kitchen and garden waste.
Environment awards celebrate 30 years
Published April 26, 2019 2.50pm
Businesses and community groups are being offered the chance to support an awards scheme which celebrates County Durham's 'green giants' in this its 30th year.
Durham welcomes Northumbria In Bloom judges
Published April 26, 2019 10.01am
Green fingered groups, volunteers and residents are hoping for horticultural success after a visit from competition judges.
Unlicensed scrap metal dealers left £700 worse off
Published April 24, 2019 11.40am
Unlicensed scrap metal dealers operating in County Durham have been left more than £700 worse off and with criminal records.