Archive for the ‘Litter’ Category

Spring judging

April 26, 2012

Two judges from ‘Northumbria in Bloom’ toured the village for an hour this afternoon, to assess the Trust’s entry in the A2 villages section of this year’s RHS ‘Britain in Bloom’ campaign.

25% of the marks will be awarded from this first visit, with the remainder following the summer visit on 4th July.

Horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation are the three themes which will be judged.  ‘Britain in Bloom’ is no longer just about ‘pretty flower displays’.

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‘The Snods’ Annual Litter Pick

April 7, 2012

Shotley Low Quarter Parish Council are organising their “Annual Litter Pick” on Saturday 14th April, starting at 9.30 a.m. from St John’s Parish Hall.  They “trawl” the main B6278 through Snods Edge and the local roads leading off this main road.

All equipment such as pickers, hi-viz tabards, gloves & bags etc. are supplied (and usually a cup of something!).   (All the rubbish bags are collected by a trailer, brought to the Hall, and then Northumberland County Council collect & remove the the next working day).

It is a worthwhile event to help keep the local countryside free of litter.  If you can spare a couple of hours you will be welcome.

Litter pick results

April 1, 2012

This weekend, 40 bags of rubbish were collected by 15 volunteers from the Village Trust.

All the litter that could be seen from highways approaching the village [as well as within the village itself] including the Derwent Walk, verges, public open space and private land was picked up.  7 bags of litter was collected along the A694, between the Shotley Bridge and East Law.  Most of it being food and drink containers thrown out of vehicles from takeaways, off licences and supermarkets.

We shall need to tidy up the village centre again just before the Spring judging for our entry in Northumbria in Bloom takes place on Thursday 26th April.

Two years ago we picked up 25 bags, but with fewer volunteers we did not reach as far out from the centre of the village.

We are having another litter pick on 9th June, prior to the Olympic torch arriving on the 16th.

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Village litter pick

March 25, 2012

Next Saturday morning,  31st March, the Village Trust are holding a spring litter pick in and around Shotley Bridge to tidy up in readiness for the spring judging in the Northumbria in Bloom competition.  Litter is one of the judging criteria.

If you can spare a couple of hours please come along, with garden gloves and litter picker [if you have them], to the car park next to the Golden Flower takeaway at 9.30am.

Green dog walkers

February 5, 2012

The Green Dog Walkers scheme, run by Durham County Council, has operated since May last year.   It is aimed at ensuring that all dog walkers clean up after their pets.

The scheme, which is funded by the Derwent Valley Area Action Partnership, is free to join and the County’s Civic Pride Team is calling on more dog owners to join and help keep public places clean and pleasant for everyone.

Members of the scheme wear armbands and carry extra dog waste bags for others to use.

For more information about how to get involved visit the County Council’s website.


October 4, 2011

In Durham Town Hall this evening, Blooming Shotley Bridge was awarded the highest category of ‘outstanding’ in the RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Award’.  The judge had awarded the Trust 87/100 points.

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This year there had been 46 entries from across the region in this non-competitive award scheme, organised by the Northumbria in Bloom committee.

A big Thank You to all the businesses, residents and volunteers who helped the Trust achieve success.

Britain in Bloom judging

August 3, 2011

Yesterday, a Northumbria in Bloom judge, visited the village to assess the Trust’s entry in the RHS “It’s Your Neighbourhood” Awards Scheme.

With members of ‘The Bloomers’ committee he toured the village, within the boundary chosen for the Award.  The assessment is based on community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement.

He also helped assess the Trust’s own Front Garden Awards.

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Judging imminent

July 30, 2011

We have been notified that the Britain in Bloom judge will be visiting the village on the afternoon of Tuesday, 2nd August, to see what improvements have been made since the Trust entered the RHS “It’s Your Neighbourhood” award scheme last year.

The Trust has raised funds for the planting of 50 tubs and local businesses and residents have made a fine effort to make the village bloom.  As well as gardening achievement, though, the assessment will include community participation and environmental responsibility.

Judging will also be undertaken for the Trust’s own Front Garden Awards.

Tidy Up half complete

July 16, 2011

This morning, 6 volunteers braved the rain to help tidy up the village centre, in readiness for judging.  Weeds were removed, tarmac swept clean and litter picked up.

The Britain in Bloom Neighbourhood Awards judging is expected during the next 3 weeks.

Another 2 hour session will be held at 10.00 am on Sunday, tomorrow morning, to finish the work.

Litter collected

April 4, 2011

Last Saturday morning 8 members of the Trust gave up a couple of hours of their time and took to the streets and open spaces to pick up litter.

The event was organised as part of the County Durham ‘Big Spring Clean’ and Britain in Bloom initiative.  24 bags of litter were collected.

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Big Spring Clean

March 3, 2011

In support of Litterfree Durham’s “Big Spring Clean”, the Trust is holding a litter pick on the morning of Saturday 2nd April this year.

If you can spare an hour or two, meet at 10am in the bottle bank car park [next to the Golden Flower] and bring gloves and a litter picker [if you have one]. The trust has a small supply of litter pickers and will provide refuse sacks and bibs.

Litter on the B6278

April 17, 2010

A dozen volunteers turned up this morning to collect litter and rubbish from the country lanes in Northumberland. During the 2 hour operation a van and trailer load of litter, tyres, car crash parts, building materials, a dvd player, radio, computer disk drive and two plastic doll arms were collected.

Between Shotley Bridge and The Snods on the B6278, known locally as Burnmill Bank, we filled 12 bags with litter. Most of this being food and drink containers that had been discarded from vehicles over the last 12 months. That’s a bag of litter per month, on average, thrown away by people who just want to keep their vehicles clean but have no respect for the countryside.

‘The Snods’ Litter Pick

April 10, 2010

A country lane litter pick will take place on Saturday 17th April 2010, starting along the B6278 [Burnmill Bank] between Carterway Heads and Shotley Bridge.

Meet in St John’s Church Hall, Snods Edge at 10.00am.  Young children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please come along to help, even if you have only an hour to spare.

Blooming meeting

March 24, 2010

The ‘Blooming Shotley Bridge’ group’ held a walkabout in the village today to decide on the boundary for the Britain in Bloom Neighbourhood Award, for which the Village Trust intends to register.

It was also looking at potential sites for improvement within the Conservation Area.

The ‘Shotley Bridge’ entry signs on the River Derwent Bridge, on the A691 near Shotley Grove Road and on the A694 near the Spa Grounds are to be used to define the extent of the neighbourhood, but whether to go beyond Snows Green as far as Elm Park has still to be decided.

Photographs, for display at the next open meeting of the Trust, are to be taken of the potential sites that could be improved or planted with bulbs and flowers. An action plan and funding will need to be discussed at the next meeting of the group.

BIG Tidy Up morning

March 13, 2010

The Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill and Shotley Bridge Partnership organised a BIG Tidy Up this morning. Volunteers met at the Bridgehill communal room to collect their bags, equipment and instructions before setting off in groups to pick up litter from hotspots [which had been identified by survey].

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A big thank you to Consett Rugby Club, particularly the U17 & U18 teams, who came along to help tidy up litter hot spots in Shotley Bridge – along the Derwent Walk, around the Benfieldside playing fields and down by the riverside at Shotley Grove.

Thankyou also to the ten residents of Shotley Bridge who found time to give their support to pick up litter around the village centre and at Snows Green.

In total, nearly 150 bags of rubbish were collected by 75 volunteers from the litter strewn open spaces throughout the Partnership’s area.

Big Tidy Up – Saturday March 13th

February 24, 2010

We are joining forces with the Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill & Shotley Bridge Community Partnership for this event, which is being undertaken in association with the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign.

Volunteers are meeting at the Bridgehill Communal Room on Pemberton Road at 9.30am for instructions and collection of equipment. Even if you can only spare an hour please come along to help. The tidy up will finish at 12.00 noon.

Groundwork North East and Durham County Council are also assisting.
Bring gardening gloves if you have any – all other equipment provided.
All children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

February newsletter

February 8, 2010

The first newsletter for 2010 is being printed and will be distributed to members next weekend, together with a copy of the Village Directory. If you would like to read a copy go to the Pages column. You will need to have Microsoft Word software on your computer.

The newsletter includes information about



November 17, 2009

The three newsletters that have been published so far this year are available to read [see the Pages column]. You will need to have Microsoft Word software on your computer.

The February newsletter gives information about the Trust’s Design Awards, the proposed development at Shotley Spa, the new Neighbourhood Partnership and traffic and highway issues.

In May the newsletter mentions the Derwent Valley Partnership, action on litter and an update on the planning application at The Spa.

September’s issue deals with the village centre Open Weekend, ‘The Parking Lot’ study and a suggestion to enter the Northumbria in Bloom competition.

Victorian Weekend Volunteers

November 16, 2009

Volunteers from the Trust met this evening to finalise arrangements for the Victorian Christmas Weekend that is being held in the village centre the first weekend of December.  This follows a successful Open Weekend in March.

The Trust offered its support to the local business and community partnership to help organise and manage the event. We shall be litter picking in the mornings and stewarding after lunch, during the musical performances in the village square, as well as organising the Victorian Costume competition.

We are also organising the collections for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund for this charity event.