Eco-friendly businesses, volunteers and great green projects are being urged to put themselves forward for awards recognising those who look after their local environment.
To coincide with World Environment Day nominations opened for the County Durham Environment Awards 2018.
Chair of the County Durham Environment Partnership, Oliver Sherratt, said: “The awards are a real opportunity to highlight the excellent environmental work that goes on in our county every year.
“I never fail to be impressed by the efforts of volunteers, schools, businesses and community organisations, but we need more people to tell us about their environmental work so we can give them the recognition they deserve and, in doing so, inspire others to do their bit.”
Now in their 29th year the awards – which are sponsored by Durham County Council, Durham University, Banks Group, Citrus Group, Lichfields and Durham Wildlife Trust – will see prizes rewarding top design, environmental guardianship and community spirited work.
The award’s 12 categories include: Built environment; Climate change; Community partnership; Craftsmanship; Greener business; Natural environment; Places and spaces; Schools and colleges; and Waste management.
There are also awards for Volunteer group of the year, Volunteer of the year and Under 18 volunteer of the year.