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Environment and housing get the CAT treatment at Eldon
Published October 16, 2019 12.02pm
Our staff are once again teaming up with the emergency services to tackle all things housing and environmental at a County Durham village.
Those skilled in the art of hedgelaying are called to annual competition
Published October 08, 2019 10.46am
An annual event that sees specialists in the traditional art of hedgelaying compete will return this week.
Winter opening at Household Waste Recycling Centres
Published October 04, 2019 11.29am
Household Waste Recycling Centres in County Durham have now switched to winter opening times.
Celebrating the green-fingered folk keeping Durham beautiful
Published October 03, 2019 11.26am
A primary school allotment where community spirit flourishes alongside organic vegetables was among the winners at this year's Beautiful Durham Awards.
Pest control experts achieve European standard for second year
Published October 03, 2019 10.05am
Our pest control team has again achieved a prestigious European standard for its work to rid County Durham of rats, wasps, fleas and more.
Council campaign rewards travel by bike
Published October 02, 2019 10.39am
Visitors to customer access points, and selected libraries and leisure centres around County Durham can pick up free cycling rewards this autumn as an incentive to get on their bikes.
Our bloomin' marvellous county
Published September 27, 2019 1.58pm
County Durham continues to blossom as it wows the judges of a prestigious regional gardening competition once again.
Pig owner sentenced for 'shocking' conditions at County Durham smallholding
Published September 27, 2019 12.53pm
Pigs living in slurry with only filthy water to drink and horses roaming in fields with sheep carcasses and dangerous debris - such were the sights that greeted inspectors at a County Durham smallholding.
Man fined for failing to provide information
Published September 27, 2019 12.41pm
Failing to provide information during a flytipping investigation has left one 25-year-old with a legal bill of almost £1,000.
Have your say on tackling the climate emergency
Published September 19, 2019 1.30pm
Exploring ways to tackle climate change in County Durham is the purpose of a new consultation that has been launched today (Thursday 19 September).
No more rubbish excuses - three fined for flytipping
Published September 18, 2019 11.28am
A van driver who denied he had flytipped waste found behind his parked vehicle is facing a legal bill of more than £800.
Bishop Auckland Cemetery is looking its best after improvement works
Published August 23, 2019 11.15am
Environmental works have left a County Durham Cemetery cleaner, greener and more welcoming for visitors.
Seven prosecuted after failing to pay waste penalties
Published August 22, 2019 12.58pm
Failing to pay fixed penalties for ignoring requests to clear waste has left seven people a combined £5,000 worse off and with criminal convictions.
School pupils serve up mouth-watering plant displays
Published August 16, 2019 1.12pm
Pupils from six Durham schools are hoping their city-centre kitchen gardens will win over both restaurant customers and horticultural judges.
Funding to help businesses cut carbon emissions
Published August 15, 2019 10.06am
County Durham businesses will be able to access support to reduce their carbon footprint and save money thanks to a £1.5 million funding pot.
Youth Justice Service receives award for investing in children
Published August 01, 2019 10.21am
A service which works with young people and helps prevent them from re-offending has been commended for including children and young people in its decision making.
Durham City welcomes Britain in Bloom judges
Published July 30, 2019 11.58am
Durham City is hoping for victory after a visit from the judges of a national horticulture competition.
Colourful wildflowers return to County Durham
Published July 26, 2019 1.11pm
A popular wildflower planting scheme is once again bringing a burst of colour to roadsides across County Durham.
Environment Awards deadline extended to mark 30th year
Published July 23, 2019 12.11pm
Nominations for a prestigious green awards which are in their 30th year can still be made following an extension of the deadline.