Volunteers get park ready for summer

Staff from the Silverlink office of Leeds Building Society hold a litter pick in Wallsend Park to help the Friends of Wallsend Park keep the area clean and tidy. Picture by Adrian Don.
Staff from the Silverlink office of Leeds Building Society hold a litter pick in Wallsend Park to help the Friends of Wallsend Park keep the area clean and tidy. Picture by Adrian Don.
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Staff have helped clean up a North Tyneside park.

Employees at Leeds Building Society’s Silverlink office teamed up with volunteer group Friends of Wallsend Parks and local residents to clean up the park.

Wallsend Parks – made up of Arboretum, Richardson Dees Park and Hall Grounds – have recently undergone a massive regeneration as part of a £5.3m project.

Originally owned by Robert Richardson Dees, the Park was originally abandoned land after the mining industry declined. Dees, who also owned Wallsend Hall at the time, donated his land to the Wallsend Corporation in 1897 for public use.

Leeds Building Society staff and the Friends of Wallsend Parks decided to spend some time keeping the parks clear of litter and ready them for the summer.

Angela Rowley, direct mortgage team manager at the Leeds, said: “Our teams collected 12 black bags of litter from the Waggonway alone.

“In true Wallsend fashion, items discovered ranged from shoes and wellies, to tyres and number plates for a car which must have met an unfortunate end.

“The feelgood factor was rife in the volunteers who have said they will be looking to do this again later in the year.”