This year’s Environment Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Environment Awards were announced at a ceremony in Durham City on Thursday 8 November.

Judges, including architects, councillors and university experts, were extremely impressed with this year’s entries which came from all over County Durham.

The awards, now in their 29th year, are organised by The County Durham Environment Partnership to recognise great design, environmental guardianship and community spirit.

Durham Cathedral came out top in the Built Environment and Craftmanship categories and went on to win one of two outstanding awards.

REfUSE Durham, a not-for-profit social enterprise café that makes meals from food that would otherwise be binned, won in the Greener Business and Waste Management categories and received the second outstanding award.

Belmont Allotments also won the Places and Spaces award for their work on the Bishop Auckland Remembrance Garden.

Cllr Simon Henig, Chair of the County Durham Environment Partnership, said: “Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted this year, the range of entries was fantastic. What all of these finalists are doing is making County Durham a better place for everyone.”

Oliver Sherratt, Chair of the County Durham Environment Partnership, said: “The awards highlight the work of committed individuals and groups who contribute to making our county a wonderful place to live and visit.

“There was a real range of achievements, showcasing the innovative spirit apparent in County Durham when it comes to improving the environment. Well done to all involved.”