South Shields woman stunned by £400 dumping fine for scattering grass cuttings

A woman who dumped a bag of garden cuttings in a field in South Tyneside says she is shocked to have been fined £400.

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A community event hosted by Gentoo at Easington Lane.

Sunderland housing company gets top marks

A Sunderland housing company has clinched top marks for its work with the community.

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Forgotton Stones archaeological dig at South Hylton
Castletown Neighbourhood Action Group, Ian Stewart

Digging deep to shed light on a Sunderland mystery

An dig is underway on Wearside in a bid to solve an archaeological mystery.

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Team involved with the restoration of Fulwell Mill, l-r David Farrington Charlie Thompson, David Beaumont, David Brown, Clare Botham, Paul Sellwood, Nick Wins, Luke Bonwick and Dean Goyns.

Sunderland restoration project has wind in its sails

A Sunderland restoration project has got the wind in its sails.

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Former Dwehirst site at Pennywell Industrial Estate, Sunderland.

Sunderland business owners concerned over plans for new Aldi

Residents have hit out at plans to build a new Aldi supermarket on Sunderland’s Pennywell Industrial Estate.

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The area across the River Wear.

Archaeological dig to start in Sunderland

People in Sunderland have the chance to see an archaeological dig in the city.

Louse Butters, Ian Tench, Jane Nesbit (Back on the Map) and Cath O'Halloran.

Army of volunteers make a clean sweep of Sunderland

Volunteers ae making a clean sweep of the streets in Sunderland.

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Miss Tina's Coffee Shop's new outdoor area. 
Owner Tina Hogben and volunteer Rebekah Howat

Community cafe in Sunderland launches new outdoor space after fundraising campaign

Visitors to a Sunderland community garden can now enjoy the great outdoors.

Marsden Grotto

Marsden Grotto hotel plans run aground as planners demand environment survey

A proposal to convert an historic seafront pub into an hotel have been rocked by planners worried about wildlife.

News 24
The humane milk myth cow poster

Vegan victory as 'milk myth' advert featuring cow behind barbed wire is cleared by watchdog

An ad stating that "Humane milk is a myth" has been cleared by the regulator following complaints from members of the dairy industry that it was inaccurate and misleading.
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l-r Joanne Swift, Sophie Brown, Demileigh Bell, Faye Brown, Andrea Baxter and Morgan Collie.

Sunderland park earns Green Flag for fifth time

A Wearside park has scooped an environmental award for the fifth year running.

Horden Welfare Park has won a Green Flag Award for the 11th year in a row.

Village chiefs tell of pride at double Green Flag award for parks

A tiny County Durham council is celebrating after two of its public parks were recognised as among the best in the world.
East Durham
The waste warship constructed by Surfers Against Sewage. Picture from PA

Waste warship highlights havoc caused by plastic rubbish on our beaches

Campaigners have built a 30ft warship from single-use plastic rubbish collected from UK beaches to highlight the threat it poses to the oceans.

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Foxes are less common garden visitors in County Durham than elsewhere in the country.

Families asked to help record garden wildlife visitors

A survey has revealed the continued decline in sightings of some of our most familiar and favourite garden wildlife.

Environment 1
The Lake District in Cumbria joins sites including the Grand Canyon and Stonehenge on the World Heritage Site list. Pic: PA.

Lake District succeeds in bid to be named as a World Heritage Site

The Lake District has been named as a World Heritage Site, Unesco has announced.
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Dress for wet weather if you're heading out today.

Pack a brolly! Yellow weather warning for North East as rain hammers region

So much for the summer sun - all the North East will be getting today is a healthy dose of rain.
Robby's Auto Dismantling has until July 31 to clear out the scrapyard. Pic: Environment Agency.

Scrapyard boss has licence revoked after breaking environmental laws

A County Durham man has had the permit for his vehicle scrapyard revoked after breaking environmental laws.

Discarded mattresses at a recycling centre, as unwanted mattresses create an environmental menace across the UK.

Mattress 'mountains' springing up as firms find recycling too costly

Unwanted mattresses are creating an environmental menace across the UK, with millions ending up in landfill or simply being dumped, it is claimed.

Hazel dormouse. Picture by Clare Pengelly/PA Wire

Fears for future of UK dormice as populations plummet

Hazel dormice numbers have declined by almost three quarters in the last 20 years, research shows.
Brussels Central Station has been evacuated after an explosion tonight.

Brussels station evacuated after reported explosion

Brussels Central Station has been evacuated after an explosion tonight.
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