Anxious wait for awards finalists

A RANGE of people and organisations could be in line for an award for their work to boost the environment.

The finalists in the County Durham Environment Awards 2011 have been announced and several residents and groups from east Durham have won nominations.

They include schools, youngsters, businesses and community groups who have all done their bit to improve where they live.

Among the nominations is Trimdon Community Garden in the Community Partnership category, Wheatley Hill Angling Club in the Natural category, Luke Birt, of Cotsford Primary School, Horden, and Danielle Hubery and Shannon Pottle, both of Easington Community Science College, in the Volunteer Under- 18 category.

Iain Hutchinson, of Thornley Primary School, and Trevor Stephenson, of Heritage Coast, are nominated in the Volunteer Over 18 category, while the Allotment Project at Fishburn Primary School is nominated in the School category.

Terry Collins, chairman of the County Durham Environment Partnership, said: “As ever, the quality of the submissions has been excellent and representative of the commitment, skills and projects across the county.

“The entries, particularly in the community and school categories, reflect the real partnership approach being taken towards environmental improvement in the county.

“And I will be particularly pleased to reward the people whose voluntary efforts have made a big difference to projects.”

Representatives from the shortlisted projects now face an anxious wait until the awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 10, which will take place at the Radisson Hotel, in Durham City.

People can get further information about the awards by visiting Durham Partnership