Weir Insurance's CNGA
submission was awarded the top prize in the 'supporting local sports' category.
With the goal of restoring native grasslands and reestablishing a diverse, self-sustaining environment for birds, beneficial insects, game animals, and other wildlife, CNGA was formed last fall.
To test plants' adaptability, CNGA members also are establishing six labeled demonstration gardens in California.
CNGA offers periodic workshops on establishment and management of native grasses and grass identification.
But mum-of-two Joanne Little, of Montagu Estate, Kenton, has welcomed the news of facilities at CNGA
being made available to her two daughters Katelyn, nine, and Lucy-Anne, five.
Based at Newcastle's Benfield Centre for Sporting Excellence, CNGA
is an official training ground for the 2012 Olympics, training gymnasts aged between eight and 18.
Those results secured the team gold for CNGA and all three girls will represent the north in the forthcoming national finals.
At Level Three, the CNGA girls faced tougher competition from South Durham and were just pipped at the post for the medals.
In Level Four, CNGA again took the team silver and the individual champion was Shannon Howden with a score of 28.
Not to be outdone, her more senior colleagues rose to the challenge with some steady, solid and sometimes spectacular routines to help CNGA achieve an overwhelming victory, three whole marks clear of the second team, Wiltshire.
If that wasn't enough, CNGA also had Wilson, Ince and newcomer Grace Imeson invited to the trials for the national under-12 squad.