Spittal wins LOVE award

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Spittal Improvement Trust has won a LOVE Northumberland award for organising and participating in regular beach cleans.

Beach clean co-ordinator Raine Bryant and trust secretary Mike Greener were presented with the best coast or countryside project award by the Duchess of Northumberland in a ceremony at Alnwick Garden.

It is recognition for work that started in 2005 in conjunction with the national “Beach Watch” scheme organised by the Marine Conservation Society. Following this they decided to hold their own beach cleaning activities on a quarterly basis.

Members of the community in Spittal are now active on virtually a daily basis carrying out local beach cleaning in response to tidal debris that is deposited on the beach, as well as litter.

Mr Greener said: “We were up against some stiff opposition but credit for this achievement should go to the volunteer team for the sterling way that they are out there virtually every day picking up discarded rubbish on the two beaches in Spittal.”

The LOVE awards celebrate the very best in community and voluntary environmental work.

Eleven groups, organisations or individuals were honoured with winner or runner-up awards across seven categories.

Jeannie Kielty of 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.”

Councillor 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.”

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

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