Voluntary groups are given some love

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Community and voluntary projects in Northumberland were honoured at the LOVE Northumberland awards.

Eleven groups were presented with winners or runner-up awards, along with two schools who received their prizes in the Northumberland Schools Recycling Green Points Challenge.

A number of highly commended entrants also attended the event at The Alnwick Garden, which was supported by main sponsor The Banks Group and hosted by Look North presenter Carol Malia.

The best coast or countryside project went to the Friends of Holywell Dene, while the best young people’s project category was won by the Cowpen Quay Community Association’s Buffalo Junior Wardens for their Ridley Park Project in Blyth.

The best children’s project was Belsay First School’s biodiversity project.

Other awards included effort and commitment to enrich the environment, which was presented to the Friends of Bedlington’s Gallagher Park in memory of George Webster.

George worked tirelessly to make significant improvements to the park. He sadly died earlier this year following a lengthy illness.

Grange View CofE First School in Widdrington won the first Northumberland Schools Recycling Green Points Challenge after pupils got involved in a wide range of ‘green’ activities.

The awards have been developed by Northumberland County Council through its LOVE Northumberland campaign, with the aim of promoting the council and the work towards preserving and enhancing the environment.