Environmental work rewarded

The youngsters with Alan Hepple from Homes for Northumberland, Kate Standish from the John Muir Trust and Coun Grant Davis.

The youngsters with Alan Hepple from Homes for Northumberland, Kate Standish from the John Muir Trust and Coun Grant Davis.

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ECO-friendly children from south east Northumberland have been awarded for their efforts to improve the environment.

Nineteen youngsters, aged between seven and 14, have carried out a number of projects over the last six months as part of Homes for Northumberland’s John Muir Awards scheme.

The scheme, a national initiative, teaches young people how to conserve their environment.

The group’s work included a ‘Big Tidy Up’ event at Isabella Heap in Blyth, where they shifted 30 bags of rubbish and cut back bushes.

The team were recently presented with certificates by Coun Grant Davis, manager of the Isabella Community Centre, at an awards ceremony in Blyth Civic Centre.

Claire Peart, of Blyth, whose 16-year-old son Kurt Smiths took part in the project, said: “Kurt constantly talks about the environment now that he has completed the John Muir Award as it has given him a real sense of his surroundings.

“He has really enjoyed taking part in this course and can not wait to move onto the next level.”

Homes for Northumberland has a further five John Muir projects due to take place in Cramlington, Cowpen, and Hodgsons Road and Isabella Heap in Blyth.

Ray Boycott, managing director at Homes for Northumberland, said: “The project has been led by our resident involvement team and is a great way of engaging with young people in the area.

“Homes for Northumberland is committed to going the extra mile for tenants and the John Muir Awards not only help young people to learn about the environment but also gives them the opportunity to develop life skills, including team work and responsibly.”