Volunteers honoured at LOVE awards

Beadnell in Bloom representatives with the Duchess of Northumberland. Picture by Andrew Bryson Photography
Beadnell in Bloom representatives with the Duchess of Northumberland. Picture by Andrew Bryson Photography

Green-fingered volunteers and a hardy group of litter pickers were among the winners at the LOVE Northumberland awards.

Beadnell in Bloom won the Best Coast or Countryside Project, while the St Oswald’s Way Steering Group/Volunteer Rangers were Highly Commended in the same category.

Litterbugs, Amble, representatives with the Duchess of Northumberland. Picture by Andrew Bryson Photography

Litterbugs, Amble, representatives with the Duchess of Northumberland. Picture by Andrew Bryson Photography

Litterbugs, Amble, won the Best New Project. Loving Alnwick – Making A Difference, was runner up.

The annual LOVE Northumberland awards recognise the work of groups and individuals throughout the county.

The event was staged at The Alnwick Garden yesterday, hosted by presenter Carol Malia and attended by the Duchess of Northumberland.

Twenty-two groups, organisations, schools and individuals were honoured with winner, runner-up or highly commended awards across a range of categories.

Beadnell in Bloom began in 2016 and has done much to improve the look of the area and engage with the community.

Litterbugs, Amble, is a group of local adults and children who love litter-picking and beach cleaning and who are passionate about protecting our wildlife and planet. They meet every month.

The main sponsor of the awards was The Banks Group.

Other winners: Most innovative school recycling project – Corbridge Middle School; Best practice school recycling project – Prudhoe Community High School; School Sustainable Travel Award – Eastlea Primary School, Cramlington; Best children’s project – Briardale Environmental Wardens; Best Young People’s project – Young and Sweet, Haltwhistle; Best Urban Project – Friends of Ridley Park; Outstanding Individual Awards – Ben Campbell, Ponteland Academy, Ayesha Jackson, Haltwhistle; Pat Parker & Clare Mason, NCEA Josephine Butler Primary Campus.