STUDENTS have left their own mark on a multi-million pound heritage regeneration project at Wallsend Parks.
Pupils from Burnside Business and Enterprise College unveiled their designs for 17 heritage interpretation panels to be used in Richardson Dees Park, the Civic Hall grounds and Prince Road Arboretum.
The panels are the result of a five-year project by the college’s Heritage Detectives Group to help to revitalise Wallsend Parks.
Funding came from a successful bid by the school to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Young Root scheme, complimenting North Tyneside Council’s regeneration of the parks.
Neil Heron, the college’s leader of humanities, said: “This project has given our students the opportunity to be involved from beginning to end in something that will be part of the local community for many years to come.
“I have been delighted with the effort and commitment shown by our students in working with a range of partners from outside the school to produce such a fabulous final result.”
Mayor Linda Arkley said: “The students have worked extremely hard on this project and the panels they have produced are superb.
“I am thrilled that the school has been able to contribute to the regeneration of Wallsend Parks in such a creative way.”
Also in attendance at the launch of the panels were parents and pupils of the school as well as the local history society, the Wallsend Parks Project Board and Friends of Wallsend Parks.
The Heritage Detective Group was formed after a group of Year Seven students helped with the council’s HLF submission for Wallsend Parks.
Now in Year 12, they have also helped to mentor younger students to complete the project, which saw them research the regeneration plans and the history of the area, then design and produce the heritage panels.