August 13, 2008

Pathway Team Vying for Award

VOLUNTEERS are pressing ahead with plans to improve a network of paths around their villages.

The Crowtrees Heritage Trail Project is based on paths that link County Durham communities including Quarrington Hill, Cassop and Coxhoe.

The project has been entered in The Northern Echo?s Making a Difference competition.

The competition, which is sponsored by regional development agency One NorthEast, celebrates those who improve their environment and is in its tenth year.

Having worked with partner organisations to create the pathways network, the volunteers have been carrying out work to make access easier for disabled people, as well as improving fencing.

Billy Jones, of the project, said: ?We have certainly caught people?s interest as Crowtrees has become very popular with walkers, horse-riders and cyclists. ? Making a Difference is open to schemes in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and the Tees Va lley. The competition is open to volunteer-led groups and individuals and the closing date is August 15. The first prize is [pounds]500.

To nominate your scheme, submit the form printed here with as much information as you wish.

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