PEOPLE from across Stockton Borough are being recognised for their efforts to care for their area.
Residents, businesses and schools were thanked and congratulated for their commitment to improving their communities at Stockton Council's annual Care for your Area awards on Friday 10 December.
The awards, now in their eight year, are run by Stockton Council to celebrate the many local people and businesses that work alongside the council to make their local area a better place to live, work or to enjoy.
68 year old Stuart Milner from Billingham, has spent many years supporting local initiatives in and around John Whitehead Park and Bowls Club. He received the "Lifetime Achievement" accolade for his work.
Durham Lane Primary School pupils were presented with the "Best School Contribution" Award for converting their school into an "Eco School". Governors, school staff and around thirty pupils make up the school's Eco Team who work together to make their local community a healthier, cleaner and safer place to live.
The 58 gardeners occupying plots at Preston Lane Allotments were recognised for the excellent standard of the site and their proactive approach to climate change. The Allotments won the "Best Environmental and Conservation Contribution" Award.
Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Jennie Beaumont, said: "The Care for your Area awards are still as popular as ever. This year we received over 100 nominations which really is fantastic testament to the vast number of people who are making a real difference to their neighbourhoods.
"This is our way of recognising and congratulating some of the local people who work so hard to improve the area and the quality of life for so many.
"I'd like to thank all of this year's nominees for their efforts and encourage other local people to do their bit to care for their communities."
The winners were nominated by people living and working across the borough and ward councillors.