The search for Northumberland’s environmental heroes has been launched. The LOVE Northumberland awards aim to identify people and projects that improve their environment.
The awards are part of the county-wide LOVE Northumberland campaign, which aims to promote the work of the council and all its partners in keeping the county beautiful for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.
The awards will culminate in a presentation evening at The Alnwick Garden on Tuesday 22 July, when the Duchess of Northumberland will present prizes to winners and runners up for the third year running.
Andy Rutherford, head of highways and neighbourhood services at Northumberland County Council, said: “Every year we have been extremely impressed with the wealth of community and voluntary effort that goes on day in day out right across Northumberland.
“Through the annual LOVE Northumberland awards we aim to go some way to rewarding all of this exceptional work by highlighting just some of the projects and initiatives that make our communities great.
“I would encourage community groups and volunteers to send in nominations. The application process is not onerous and could result in a prestigious award in acknowledgement of your hard work and efforts.”
Mark Dowdall, director of environment and community at sponsor, The Banks Group, added: “As a major local employer, we’ve maintained strong relationships with communities across Northumberland for more than three decades, and have witnessed at first hand the amazing difference that the energy, creativity and dedication of people across the county makes to the places that they live, work and learn.
“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.”
Winning entries will receive a £250 prize and runner-up projects a £100 prize, but the money must be spent on something that will benefit the project or work in the community.
Nomination forms and further information about the LOVE Northumberland campaign are available at www.northumberland.gov.uk/love, by email from firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0845 600 6400. The closing date for applications is Friday 20 June and shortlisted applicants will be contacted after that date.