County Durham’s businesses and community groups are being urged to become ‘green giants’ – by supporting an awards scheme that honours those who have worked to improve the county’s environment.

The County Durham Environment Awards – now in their 30th year – are organised by the County Durham Environment Partnership.

The awards – which have been running since 1989 – include categories such as natural environment, craftsmanship and community partnership.

Previous winners of the awards include Durham University, Durham City’s Wharton Park, Cross Lanes Organic Farm in Barnard Castle, the Brothers at War statue, and Crook Hall Visitor Centre.

Businesses and community groups who would like to help sponsor the prestigious 30th anniversary awards are now being sought.

Sponsors can choose from gold, silver and bronze packages, which start from £500. Organisations could – for instance – have a representative on a judging panel and receive invites to the awards ceremony, which will be held later this year.

Durham County Council’s head of environment – and the chairman of the County Durham Environment Partnership – Oliver Sherratt said, “It is with immense pride that we have reached this the 30th year of the County Durham Environment Awards.”

“Their continuing success would not be possible without the support of the partnership members and the businesses and community groups which have provided sponsorship.”

“This is a great opportunity for companies and organisations to be associated with awards which celebrate all the tremendous environmental work which goes on in County Durham and we would encourage them to contact us if they are interested.”

To learn more about sponsoring the County Durham Environment Awards, please email or telephone 03000 265 545.

For more information about the awards and the County Durham Environment Partnership, please visit

The aim of the awards is to work towards an ‘altogether greener’ County Durham. The County Durham Environment Partnership includes Durham County Council; Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust; Durham Wildlife Trust: Groundwork North East; and a number of other organisations.

(The featured image shows a view of Durham Cathedral from Wharton Park, courtesy of ADTeasdale from Flickr Creative Commons.)

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