A new presenter for the LOVE Northumberland Awards in 2017

24 May 2017

Historian and broadcaster John Grundy has been announced as the presenter at this year’s LOVE Northumberland Awards.

The annual celebration of projects and initiatives that improve the county’s environment culminate in an event at The Alnwick Garden and, this July, John will be announcing the winning entries on the night.

All shortlisted entries in seven categories are invited to the celebration event, and the winners are presented with their awards by Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland.

John Grundy has written and presented a variety of architectural and history programmes for both radio and television, and in the late 1990s co-wrote and edited the new edition of Niklaus Pevsner's ‘Northumberland’.

He has introduced thousands of people to the unique and often breath-taking architecture of the North and has become one of the most popular presenters on local television.  He is chair of the Friends of Beamish Museum.

John says:  “I have a huge love of the North of England, and Northumberland is a special favourite of mine.  These awards are a fantastic way of helping to celebrate the work and commitment of community members in improving their local areas - for the benefit of all.  I very much look forward to hearing about all the shortlisted projects - and announcing the winners on the night.”

Paul Jones, director of local services and housing delivery at Northumberland County Council, said:  “We are delighted that John is able to come along as presenter of the LOVE Northumberland awards this year.  His detailed knowledge of Northumberland makes him ideally placed to help us to celebrate environmental and community projects across the county.”

There is still time to get a last minute entry in for this year’s awards, before the closing date of Wednesday 31st May.


Entries are invited in the categories of best new project; best urban project; best coast or countryside project; best young people’s project; best children’s project; best school recycling project; and outstanding individual.

You can find further information about the categories and an application form at www.northumberland.gov.uk/LOVE, or by phoning 01670 622992.