Final plan for LOVE Northumberland awards is under watchful eyes

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council,  the Duchess of Northumberland, Nicola Wardle from the council's local services team and Jeannie Kielty,  development relations coordinator at The Banks Group.
Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council, the Duchess of Northumberland, Nicola Wardle from the council's local services team and Jeannie Kielty, development relations coordinator at The Banks Group.

The Duchess of Northumberland has been looking over the final plans for the fifth annual LOVE Northumberland awards, which she will be presenting to winning groups and individuals later this month.

Northumberland County Council has received some great entries for the annual celebration of initiatives that improve and enhance the environment of the county.

Applications have now been judged and representatives of shortlisted groups and individuals will be receiving their invitations to the awards event, which will be held at The Alnwick Garden on Thursday, September 17.

The awards, sponsored by The Banks Group, are part of the county-wide LOVE Northumberland campaign, which promotes the work of the council and its partners in keeping the county beautiful.

Nominations for awards were invited from schools, community and voluntary groups and individuals in five categories for projects that preserve and enhance the environment.

Work has been entered in three categories – best new project, best children’s project and outstanding individual.

The judging panel was also looking for projects that benefit urban areas, as well as coast or countryside projects which benefit Northumberland’s more rural communities.

The judging panel was made up of council officers and representatives of sponsoring organisations, as well as community environmental champions.

Winning entries will receive a certificate and £250 prize and runner-up projects will get a certificate and £100 prize, with the money to be spent on something that will benefit the project or work in the community.