Helping town look blooming marvellous

Winter looks set to be blooming marvellous in Whitley Bay thanks to the efforts of an army of volunteers.

Whitley Bay Big Local Partnership has enlisted local resident and horticultural artist Emma Norris to offer free advice and assistance on planning, designing and planting gardens with plants that thrive in coastal environments.

On Wednesday, October 29, and Saturday, November 1, Emma will be at the Whitley Bay Big Local shop in Park View to help residents to improve the look and feel of their gardens as part of the community group’s commitment to enhancing the appearance of the town.

Lucy Harland, a partnership member, said: “We firmly believe that a few small changes could radically transform the look and feel of the town.

“Whilst we have identified a number of priority sites and are now working closely with the council on plans to quite quickly transform these areas, we also recognise that private residential gardens can play a huge part in improving the overall aesthetics of the town which is why we have enlisted the help of experts and negotiated discounted plants and bulbs for people living in Whitley Bay.”

“Winter in a coastal town like ours can leave our gardens looking pretty bleak, but this needn’t be the case and we are urging residents to add a splash of colour in to their own gardens as part of our collective efforts to make Whitley Bay a town to be proud of.”

The Whitley Bay Big Local Partnership is a ten-year Big Lottery funded community led initiative for all who live and work in the Big Local area to get together and make small changes that could have a big impact on the town.