Pots at the ready for a new garden

Volunteers from the Whitley Bay Big Local Partnership who will be helping create a community garden at the former Avenue pub site.
Volunteers from the Whitley Bay Big Local Partnership who will be helping create a community garden at the former Avenue pub site.

Volunteers are preparing to roll up their sleeves to create a temporary garden on a former eyesore.

An army of volunteers from Whitley Bay Big Local, in partnership with North Tyneside Council, are to transform the space on the former Avenue pub on the sea front into a temporary garden while long-term plans for the site are drawn up.

The work we are about to begin on site of the former Avenue pub is a prime example of what can be achieved when a community works together.

Elaine Maughan, a member of the Whitley Bay Big Local

The temporary space will consist of a range of coastal hardy plants and shrubs housed in specially designed Whitley Bay pots and planters which it is hoped will soon become an integral design feature throughout the town.

Elaine Maughan, a member of the Whitley Bay Big Local partnership said: “The work we are about to begin on site of the former Avenue pub is a prime example of what can be achieved when a community works together.

“So many volunteers have come forward to offer their support to help to create the temporary garden space.

“We are all looking forward to getting our hands dirty and working together.

“The derelict site, which is in such a prime location on the town’s seafront, has understandably been subject to great debate, it is hugely positive that the local community has been able to work with North Tyneside Council to ensure that the site is well presented in the interim.”

“Just as soon as the land has been prepared, there will be an army of volunteers rolling up their sleeves to plant a range of plants and trees to create a really beautiful space.

“We are looking for more people and local businesses to come forward and volunteer their time, and don’t worry if gardening is not your thing, there will most certainly be other things you can get involved with to help make Whitley Bay a place we can all be proud of.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I am delighted that we were able to agree to the request from the community to allow volunteers to plant up the former Avenue site as a temporary garden area until its eventual development next year.

“It is an exciting time now that the Whitley Bay Masterplan is agreed and we can move forward to deliver the projects we recently told residents about.

“It is proposed that this temporary garden can also become a focal point for people to find out about progress of the Masterplan schemes as we will be working with Big Local to provide notice boards.”