If you LOVE Northumberland, these are the awards for you

Loving Northumberland at The Alnwick Garden.
Loving Northumberland at The Alnwick Garden.

Entries have opened for the LOVE Northumberland Awards 2018 - the annual celebration of all that is great about community environmental work in the county.

The LOVE Northumberland awards mark a range of projects and initiatives which improve local areas or neighbourhoods for the benefit of members of the local community, and entries are now being accepted for 2018.

Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services at Northumberland County Council said: “The LOVE Northumberland awards celebrate the work of schools, community groups and individual volunteers whose endeavours preserve and enhance the environment of our great county.

“We want to encourage people to get involved and make a difference in their area, and to celebrate all the fantastic voluntary effort that goes on up and down Northumberland each year, which supports the council’s aims to keep Northumberland clean and green.

“I would encourage anyone with an environmental story to tell to get in touch and make an application for an award.”

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; best school recycling project; and an award for an outstanding individual.

The main sponsor of the annual awards is the Banks Group. Jeannie Kielty, community relations manager at company said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the awards again in 2018. Each year we are more impressed by the number and quality of excellent community projects in Northumberland - and the armies of volunteers who give their time to improving their local areas. I am sure that this year will be no exception - and I very much look forward to seeing the entries.

“I encourage all groups, organisations and individuals involved in looking after and enhancing their local environment to consider making an application.”

The closing date for entries for the 2018 awards is Friday, June 8.

Winners will be presented by Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland at an event at The Alnwick Garden on Thursday, July 12.

If you want to enter, or know someone who should, go to www.northumberland.gov.uk/love to find out more and download an application form. You can also email carrol.hessey@northumberland.gov.uk or phone for an entry form or to find out more on 01670 622992.