Volunteers at Natural England’s Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve have picked up a ‘Caring for your environment’ award.
The County Durham Environment Partnership, which is made up of various partners including Durham County Council, gives the awards to people or groups who are committed to protecting and improving their local surroundings.
The group from Castle Eden Dene work all year round in various locations carrying out practical land management work and helping out with events.
Volunteers help members of staff keep the paths around the reserve open, removing unwanted species, replacing fencing and removing litter and flytips.
Other activities they get involved with include carrying out regular health walks around the Dene, identifying fallen trees, reporting antisocial behaviour and measuring water quality in the river as well as advocating the organisation’s work in the local community.