Deluge fails to halt clean-up

North Tyneside Council employees Stephen Clark, Bev Oakley, Jeff Morgan, Anne Foreman and More Team's Lynn Cramman helping with the Cobalt clean-up.

North Tyneside Council employees Stephen Clark, Bev Oakley, Jeff Morgan, Anne Foreman and More Team's Lynn Cramman helping with the Cobalt clean-up.

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GREEN-fingered workers braved heavy rain showers to help clean up a borough business park.

Volunteers from several organisations at Cobalt Business Park in North Shields – including North Tyneside Council, Orange and JobcentrePlus – took part in the clean-up as part of the council’s Big Spring Clean campaign.

Event organiser Amy Carroll said: “We were delighted with the enthusiastic response and the number of volunteers who came along to help.

“Even with the terrible weather, we had more than 30 volunteers involved.

“It was an excellent way of staff being able to get stuck in and take care of the environment within which they work.”

Elsewhere in the borough, around 40 volunteers helped the New Friends of Northumberland Park plant more than 600 trees and shrubs and 1,700 wildflower plug plants.

The work was carried out over three days at a site close to Tynemouth Metro station.

Friends’ group chairman Mike Coates said: “As a result of all of our efforts and the work of the council’s park wardens, more and more people are visiting the area.”

Plans are being drawn up by the group for a picnic in the park for the Queen’s diamond jubilee on Monday, June 4, and to welcome the Olympic torch relay on Friday, June 15.