County shows its ‘love’ with awards

Friends of Pegswood Community Woods who won the best new project award.
Friends of Pegswood Community Woods who won the best new project award.

The best in community and voluntary environmental work across the county has been honoured at a special LOVE Northumberland awards event.

Groups, organisations and individuals were honoured with winner and runner-up awards at the event across seven categories.

Best new project went to Friends of Pegswood Community Woods, for raising awareness and improving a green space which represents the heritage of an ex-coal mine and the native and rare wildlife of the village.

Josephine Butler Primary at the Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington was the winner of the first Northumberland Schools Recycling Green Points Challenge after pupils got involved in a wide range of ‘green’ activities.

The awards were developed by Northumberland County Council through its LOVE Northumberland campaign, with the aim of promoting the work of the local authority and its partner organisations, community groups and volunteers, who all work towards preserving and enhancing the environment in the county.

Jeannie Kielty, from main sponsor The Banks Group, said: “The spirit of the LOVE Northumberland awards matches our own commitment to improving the communities in which we operate, and we’re extremely pleased to be supporting Northumberland County Council in recognising the contributions made by local people in enhancing their county’s environment in the last 12 months.”

Coun Kathy Graham, civic head of Northumberland County Council, said: “These awards are about celebrating the amazing work that individuals and groups do in a voluntary capacity to improve our environment right across Northumberland.

“We hope that all those who were shortlisted for an award, enjoyed their visit to the Alnwick Garden.”

Marmax Products Ltd supported the schools’ recycling green points challenge – presenting a picnic bench to the winning school made from recycled plastic milk bottles.

Also supporting the awards was the team from McDonalds at Ashington.

Winning entries received a £250 prize and runners-up £100, with the money going towards their project or other work within the local community.

Highly commended finalists also received a cash prize.