203An overgrown area of riverbank in Durham City has been given a make-over.

Unsightly brambles and weeds which had covered riverbanks in The Sands area of the city, have been removed as part of a partnership environmental project.

Durham County Council worked with staff from Northern Powergrid and the Probation Service to carry out the improvements in order to make the area more attractive.

Now the cleared site will be planted with wildflowers which will bring a burst of colour to what was previously unsightly waste land.

The project will form part of the city’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) regional Northumbria in Bloom and national Britain in Bloom competition entries. Durham City is nominated in the ‘Champion of Champions’ category for both campaigns.

James Bennett, clean and green manager at Durham County Council, said: “This project is another fantastic example of how different organisations are working together to improve our environment.

“It has already made a huge difference to the appearance of the area, which will be enhanced further when the wildflowers begin to bloom.”

Dave Richardson, building civil engineer at Northern Powergrid, said “Partnering with Durham County Council and the Probation Service has enabled us to make a real difference to this area of the city, improving it for local people and visitors.

“We have our fingers crossed that the combined hard work of those involved will be rewarded by the judges of both the regional and national and ‘In Bloom’ competitions.”

People can find out more about Durham City’s RHS ‘In Bloom’ campaign at www.durham.gov.uk/inbloom or www.facebook.com/durhambloom