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Funding announced for flood prevention scheme
Published January 08, 2019 1.16pm
Work on a £6 million flood prevention scheme for Chester-le-Street will start later this month following the confirmation of funding.
Two years of Sprucing Up County Durham
Published December 21, 2018 2.34pm
A programme which gets County Durham town and village centres clean and green has celebrated its second birthday.
Residents support planting project
Published December 20, 2018 1.27pm
Villages in County Durham are set to burst into bloom in the spring thanks to a community bulb planting scheme.
Fly-tipper ordered to forfeit £2,500 van
Published December 19, 2018 12.11pm
A man who was caught on camera fly-tipping has been stripped of his vehicle and left hundreds of pounds worse off.
Get help to make recycling your New Year's resolution
Published December 18, 2018 11.47am
Schools and community groups can book free talks about rubbish and recycling to help them start 2019 with greener habits.
Growing Challenge rewards keen, green growers
Published December 07, 2018 10.37am
School pupils who entered the County Durham Growing Challenge have received green prizes to keep blossoming.
Assembly gives pupils paws for thought
Published November 30, 2018 10.04am
Pupils received an important lesson from a waggy-tailed visitor to promote responsible dog ownership.
Flytipper dealt crushing blow as vehicle destroyed
Published November 23, 2018 11.42am
A van twice used to dump waste illegally in County Durham has been crushed.
People pull together to 'Spruce Up' Consett
Published November 21, 2018 10.02am
Consett was given a thorough 'Spruce Up' thanks to an award-winning campaign.
New campaign urges people to be Litter Heroes
Published November 20, 2018 4.12pm
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and even Captain America - they've all been spotted in Durham City.
'Early wins' in fight against single use plastics
Published November 14, 2018 10.30am
Our efforts, and those our partners, are leading the way on efforts to reduce the amount of disposable plastic waste they create.
Showing Chester-le-Street at its best
Published November 05, 2018 12.54pm
Green-fingered volunteers in Bournmoor have been honoured for their work to ensure their area remains an attractive place to live.
Still time to apply for rural project funding
Published October 29, 2018 1.36pm
Applications for funding are still open for potential projects that benefit rural economies in the north east.
County Durham leads bid for green energy funds
Published October 25, 2018 1.35pm
After two and a half years of international knowledge sharing, a project that improves the energy efficiency of businesses in County Durham has hit a key milestone.
Durham named Best Small City at Britain in Bloom
Published October 22, 2018 3.27pm
Durham City is the bloomin' best - that's the official verdict of judges at a prestigious national gardening contest.
Durham's national marketing campaign to boost 'wild' Autumn breaks
Published October 19, 2018 1.27pm
Visit County Durham is encouraging visitors to 'go wild' in Durham with the launch of their This is wild, This is Durham national marketing campaign.
Unlicenced scrap metal dealer successfully prosecuted
Published October 16, 2018 11.15am
A scrap metal dealer who traded without a licence has been left financially worse off and with a criminal record.