Clean-up campaigner wins top environmental award

Joyce Lovack receives her award from Oliver Sherratt.
Joyce Lovack receives her award from Oliver Sherratt.

An environmental superstar who helped clean up her community has been honoured.

Joyce Lovack, secretary of Shotton Colliery Residents’ Group, has been involved in collecting more than 580 bags in just six months.

She has also reported numerous flytipping incidents to Durham County Council – resulting in more than two tonnes of dumped rubbish being removed.

In recognition of her efforts, Joyce has been handed a Caring For Your Environment award for her work to make County Durham altogether greener.

The awards are given to people or groups who are committed to protecting and improving their local surroundings.

She was presented with the awards by Oliver Sherratt, chairman of the Coastal, Heritage and Landscape Group of the County Durham Environment Partnership.

Mr Sheratt said: “Joyce’s efforts are a fine example of how volunteers are helping us tackle problems such as littering and flytipping to make our county altogether greener.”