Group puts down roots with tree planting project

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Volunteers are being sought to roll up their sleeves and help improve a Whitley Bay park.

Whitley Bay Big Local will be planting trees as part of an initiative to enhance the area by introducing new varieties and colour.

Green fingered experts and gardening novices are being encouraged to go down to Whitley Park on Saturday between 10am and 1pm to lend a hand planting at least 15 new trees including cherry blossom, apple and plum varieties.

Kirsty Tewkesbury, programme delivery coordinator for Whitley Bay Big Local, said: “A key thing that people mention when they talk about what they would like to see more of in our town is the environment and what we can all do to continually improve the look and feel of where we live and work.

“We have some fantastic green open spaces and the tree planting project will not only be of benefit to the environment but will give the community a place where they can come and work together to create something which can be enjoyed for years to come.”

The tree planting is the next phase in Whitley Bay Big Local’s plan to help improve the look and feel of the town; last year a group of volunteers transformed a number of existing on-street planters in the town centre into mini coastal gardens containing a range of plants and flowers to provide permanent seasonal colour throughout the year.

Kirsty added: “Anyone can come down and take part on the day and we are also looking for people who would be keen to ‘adopt a tree’ and help take care of it during the course of the year.

“Local residents are also keen to start a ‘Friends of Whitley Park’ group as well which will give even more people the chance to be involved.”

Full equipment will be provided and anybody interested can either turn up on the day, pop into the Big Local shop on Park View to register interest or email volunteer@whitleybaybiglocal.co.uk