Keen gardeners may still be tending their lawns but with summer now seeming a thing of the past, this year’s garden waste collections are drawing to a close.

Residents who have taken up the service from Durham County Council will receive their final collection in the next couple of weeks, on their usual collection day from Tuesday, November 7 to Friday, November 17.

People are advised to check their collection calendar and note the date or visit the My Durham section of the council’s website and enter their postcode to ensure they don’t miss out.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and partnerships, said: “Almost 70,000 people signed up to receive garden waste collections in 2017 and we know it is popular with many residents.

“Although this is now ending over the winter months, the service will resume next spring and people should look out for further details online.”

Any garden waste which accumulates during the winter period can still be recycled at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).

In the Teesdale area, garden waste collections are carried out by Teesdale Community Volunteers, also known as Rotters, in partnership with the council.

Residents in this area should check www.rotters.org or contact them on 01833 690 022 to find out more.

For more information on garden waste collections visit www.durham.gov.uk/gardenwaste