COMMUNITY groups have been praised for their efforts to keep south east Northumberland looking at its best.
The winners of Northumberland County Council’s Love Northumberland awards were named at a ceremony at the Alnwick Garden last week.
The prizes were handed out by the Duchess of Northumberland, Jane Percy.
The award for best new project went to Holywell’s Coppergate Allotment Association for its work on a communal garden.
The prize for best ongoing project was snapped up by Friends of Ashington Community Woods.
The award for best urban project was taken home by Ashington’s North Hirst Tenants’ Group for its Hirst Pride initiative.
Among the runners-up were the Holywell Ponds voluntary wardens in the class for best new project, Bedlington’s Friends of Gallagher Park for best ongoing project and Friends of Choppington Community Woods for best urban project.
Love Northumberland award winners were given £250 in prize money, and runners-up pocketed £100 each.
The duchess said: “The work that is being carried out by these groups is fantastic.
“One of the things that I believe makes Northumberland stand out is the huge number of people who are willing to give up their time on a voluntary basis to improve their local area, and these awards are marking out just some of this work.”
The council’s executive member for neighbourhood services, Alan Thompson, of Newbiggin Central and east, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to get involved in the Love Northumberland awards and to let us know about the work that they are doing in their communities.”