Blyth Valley stood above the other entries because of its strong educational successes. Its project, the Cramlington Organisation for Nature and the Environment, encourages and aids the development and management of wildlife habitats in which it has involved 12 schools in the locality.
CONE is a partnership between councils, businesses, wildlife groups and the local community. Mr Yeo congratulated all the entries for their high quality. He said the Green Initiative demonstrated local government's willingness and ability to work together with all sectors of the community to secure a better local environment.