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THERE are just days to go before the winners of an environmental awards are unveiled.

The 2012 County Durham Environment Awards, organised by County Durham Environment Partnership, aim to reward great design, environmental guardianship and community spirit.

This year, 68 entries have been received across the 11 categories, which for 2012 features a new volunteer group of the year section and a refreshed greener business class.

The wide range of entries involve projects including the redevelopment of a miners’ memorial hall, the creation of a polytunnel classroom, restoration of a town hall clock and stained glass and a new rural organic eco-friendly business.

The awards, which have been running since 1989, will also recognise countless hours of volunteering by community and environmental groups and individuals as well as the use of a range of innovative technologies in projects throughout the county.

Terry Collins, chairman of the County Durham Environment Partnership, said: “It is great that the awards continue to attract really high quality entries across all categories and from across the whole county.”

The awards event takes place on Tuesday at Radisson Blu, in Durham City.