Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland has been looking at the final plans for the second annual LOVE Northumberland awards, which she is due to present to winning community groups and projects on July 4.
A record number of entries for this annual celebration of initiatives that improve and enhance the environment of the county have now been judged and representatives of shortlisted groups invited along to the awards event at The Alnwick Garden.
The ‘LOVE Northumberland – rewarding community achievement’ awards are this year being sponsored by The Banks Group and Katie Perkin from the company sat on the judging panel. She said: “I was extremely impressed by the number and standard of entries, as well as with the range of different types of community group that get involved in improving their local areas.
“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.”
The awards are part of the county-wide LOVE Northumberland campaign, which aims to promote the work of the council and all its partners in keeping the county beautiful for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.
Councillor Alan Thompson, executive member responsible for neighbourhood services and highways at Northumberland County Council also visited the Garden this week to view the shortlist. He said: “These awards are truly inclusive, and we can see residents of all ages and abilities contributing to the vibrancy of their neighbourhoods. I look forward to finding out who the winners and runners up are in each category.”
Nominations were invited from schools, community and voluntary and other groups in six categories for projects that preserve and enhance the environment or that address local environmental issues or problems.
Best new project, best ongoing project, best young people’s and best children’s project are four areas that work has been entered under. The judging panel were also looking for projects that benefit urban areas – those where a lot of people live – 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 and community environmental champions.
The awards are also being supported for the second year by the Co-operative’s Northumberland Area Committee as well as a number of Northumberland based companies and organisations.
Winning entries will receive a £250 prize and runner-up projects a £100 prize, but the money must be spent on something that will benefit the project or work in the community. Prize money will be given to the group or the project and not to any individual.