LOVE award nominations are sought

Time is running out to nominate a special individual, group or organisations for this year’s LOVE Northumberland awards.

The search for volunteers who go the extra mile in keeping the county beautiful will close for entries on July 31, followed by a ceremony hosted by BBC Look North’s Carol Malia at Alnwick Garden in September.

The winners will be presented with their awards by the Duchess of Northumberland.

Entries are invited for the categories of Best Children’s Project; Best Young People’s Project; Best Urban Project; Best Coast or Countryside Project; Best New Project and an Individual Award.

The annual awards, now in their fifth year, honour achievements in voluntary community and environmental work, which help to preserve and enhance the environment in Northumberland.

Last year, winners included the Friends of Pegswood Community Woods, awarded Best New Project for improving green space and monitoring rare and declining wildlife in the area. Eleanor Phillips was awarded The Individual Award for her tireless work to keep Boulmer beach clean and Whistle Art Stop, based in Haltwhistle, was awarded Best Young People’s Project.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “The awards honour those who are dedicated and passionate about ensuring that Northumberland continues to be a stunning and welcoming place to live.”

To nominate someone, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/love, email carrol.hessey@northumberland.gov.uk or call (01670) 622992.