Did you know the following about the North East of England?
In April 2020 Solar technology specialists, The Solar Centre, researched Government data to rank cities based on ten green criteria including waste management, air quality, carbon emissions and green spaces.
Durham came out on top in the study which compared 59 cities including Swansea, which came second, and , which ranked third.
Climate change has been at the top of Durham County Council’s agenda and The Solar Centre findings were welcomed in recognising the authority’s 47 per cent carbon emissions reduction between 2009 and 2019.
Another significant factor was the score for air quality, with Durham holding the best score compared to other cities.
Availability of green spaces and parks also boosted Durham’s overall ranking.
Durham County Councillor Cllr John Clare said, “We are pleased to receive this recognition for our work to combat climate change.”
Originally built back in the 11th century, Durham Castle is one of the best-preserved examples of Norman motte and bailey castles. For over 900 years, the castle has been in constant use and was once a key strategic landmark for the ruling Normans. It’s also interesting to note that the castle is the only one built in the UK that has never suffered a breach. With such a rich and lengthy history, it is almost unsurprising that it is a part of one of the world’s first World Heritage Sites. The Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site was given its title around the same time as the palace of Versailles and the Taj Mahal.
This historic 'must-see' European market town is located in the Durham Dales. Barnard Castle takes its name from the castle around which it grew. The castle, an English Heritage property, was named after its 12th Century founder, Bernard de Balliol, and was later developed by Richard III whose boar emblem is carved above a window in the inner ward.
The castle looks down to the tumultuous River Tees below, popular with canoeists, anglers and for riverside walks along the , Deepdale and Flatts Wood.
JMW Turner, one of England’s finest artists, , who painted a riverside perspective of Barnard Castle in 1825, author Charles Dickens who visited the town and the Teesdale area in 1838, to research Nicholas Nickleby and most recently Dominic Cummings who’s visit during the covid-19 lock down 2020 has been very controversial.
Following the worldwide success of ‘Billy Elliot’, the Easington Colliery Band where invited to help perform the soundtrack for the last ever ‘Billy Elliot – The Musical’ in the Victoria Palace Theatre, London. The band is still based in Easington, in the former Colliery Pay Office, the last remaining building of the colliery.
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