TWO businesses have been rewarded for their commitment to conservation.

Durham Wildlife Trust and energy supplier npower announced the winners of their Conservation Awards in a ceremony at Durham County Hall.

Sponsored by npower, the awards invited entries from companies and community groups working to protect and improve their environment in County Durham, Darlington, Sunderland, Gateshead and South Tyneside.

The business winner was East Briscoe Farm Cottages, self-catering cottages in Baldersdale, Teesdale, whose owners have been involved in projects including hedge-planting. The company won £250.

The runner-up was Hydro Polymers for its Wildwood Project, in which the company has enhanced a wood on its land at Newton Aycliffe. The company won £150.

Published: 16/11/2004