Celebrating care for our coast and countryside

Joint winners in the Built Environment category are The Wydenwell, Bamburgh and 2-4 Queen Street, Amble.

Joint winners in the Built Environment category are The Wydenwell, Bamburgh and 2-4 Queen Street, Amble.

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This year’s winners of an awards scheme which celebrates those that care for the north Northumberland coast have been announced.

This year’s entries to the three categories of Built Environment, Farming and Land Management and Sustainable Tourism in the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Awards for Excellence came from a wide range of ventures.

Joint winners in the Built Environment category are The Wydenwell, Bamburgh and 2-4 Queen Street, Amble.

Joint winners in the Built Environment category are The Wydenwell, Bamburgh and 2-4 Queen Street, Amble.

Joint winners in the Built Environment category were The Wyndenwell, in Bamburgh, and 2-4 Queen Street, in Amble, both shop refurbishments.

The Wyndenwell is the personal enterprise of Noel Page and Queen Street is part of the wider regeneration project in Amble with the architectural expertise being provided by Christopher Baglee at Spence and Dower Architects.

Both buildings show how careful restoration and attention to historic detail can not only ensure the future of the building but also enhance the whole street scene.

The restoration work at St Lawrence’s, Warkworth, also by Christopher Baglee at Spence and Dower Architects, was highly commended due to the way the complex engineering solution was meshed seamlessly with the historic fabric of the church.

Farming and Land Management winners for the second time running are Tom and Karen Burn at Hunting Hall, Lowick, due to their sensitive and holistic approach to land management.

The North Northumberland Tourism Association was awarded the Sustainable Tourism award for their Northumberland Encouraging Sustainable Tourism (NEST) initiative which brings together and supports 62 county members to develop sustainable ways of working.