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Green oasis starting to take root in town

Chair Sarah Sutton (far left) with local resident Joan Sergeant and pupils from Rockcliffe First School; Adam, Amy and Freya (left to right)

Chair Sarah Sutton (far left) with local resident Joan Sergeant and pupils from Rockcliffe First School; Adam, Amy and Freya (left to right)

Green-fingered residents have come together to give a new lease of life to a plot of grassy land.

Rockcliffe Community Association (RCA) and pupils from Rockcliffe First School teamed up to create the green oasis in their Whitley Bay community.

They were joined by environmental wardens from North Tyneside Council to take part in a litter pick in Grafton Road before making over the green triangle on the street.

Over the course of the day, the group sowed seeds and planted 2,000 snowdrops and 16 trees, donated by the Woodland Trust and using funds awarded from Age UK.

Community association chairman Sarah Sutton, added: “By working together, we’ve felt a real sense of community and it’s a great example of inter-generational work.

“The school, council and residents living nearby have been very supportive and we’re all looking forward to making the most of the new community garden.

“It’s is already starting to look wonderful and it will be fantastic once everything starts to grow, flower and blossom; it’s going to really enhance the environment.”

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “Despite the very windy weather, the group worked extremely hard and their efforts should be commended; I would like to thank them and I hope the community make use of and enjoy the new area.”

The RCA will maintain the garden, which was designed by resident Sylvia Soulsby, and children from the school are already excited for the warmer months to make the most of the space.

Freya, a Year 4 pupil, said: “We’ve been planting snowdrops and other flowers so the outside of our school looks much brighter and prettier. I can’t wait to come and play out here in the summer.”

For further information about the RCA visit www.rockcliffecommunityassociation.org.uk

 

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