The 2021 County Durham Environment Awards, an annual event rewarding projects that demonstrate great design, environmental guardianship and community spirit across the county, were launched back in June. They are hosted by the County Durham Environment and Climate Change Partnership, with the aim of recognising the efforts of a range of organisations, communities and individuals.
Recognising those who make a difference
It is the 32nd year for County Durham’s most prestigious green event, which celebrates businesses, community volunteers and schools and colleges who make a difference to the sustainability and the natural and built environment of the county.
This year’s awards were launched with a litter pick at the entrance to Bishop Auckland attraction Kynren. Volunteers from Bishop Auckland and Coundon in Bloom joined with the council’s Civic Pride team for the clean up. Representatives from Cultivate 4 Life, who previously won an award in the Community Partnership category, also took part.
Entries this year have been accepted in the following categories: climate change; community partnership; craftmanship; greener business; natural environment; places and spaces; schools and colleges and volunteer groups.
A panel of experts will now select the winners in each category, with a virtual awards ceremony due to take place later in the year.
‘Among our top priorities’
Jim Cokill, chair of the County Durham Environment and Climate Change Partnership, said: “Despite the impact of coronavirus, we have still had plenty of people and organisations doing their bit to tackle climate change and improve the local environment.
“I’m really looking forward to hearing about the fantastic work that entrants have done.”
Cllr Mark Wilkes, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and climate change, said: “We know that so many people go out of their way to help protect our environment in County Durham and it is only right that they are recognised for this.
“As a council, tackling climate change and reducing environmental impacts are among our top priorities and we’re aware that our communities are also committed to contributing to this.”