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Appeal to tidy up South Tyneside children’s haven

CLEAN-UP ... West Boldon Lodge's community project officer John Allom, with Groundwork volunteers Lewis Bell and Gillan Gibson, clearing the meadow

CLEAN-UP ... West Boldon Lodge's community project officer John Allom, with Groundwork volunteers Lewis Bell and Gillan Gibson, clearing the meadow

NATURE lovers are being asked to get on board with a new project aimed at keeping woodland in South Tyneside free from rubbish and overgrown shrubs.

John Allom, community engagement officer with Groundworks South Tyneside, is on the lookout for a team of volunteers to help out at West Boldon Lodge.

They will be tasked with keeping the area, used as an education haven for youngsters, clean and tidy, and free from overgrown shrubs and trees, as well as looking at ways they can improve the land to boost the learning opportunities it can offer.

The group will meet on alternate Wednesdays at West Boldon Lodge in Newcastle Road, from 10am to 3pm.

Mr Allom, who started his career with Groundworks South Tyneside as a volunteer in 1998 and then gained employment as a community engagement officer, said: “It is quite difficult to keep up with all the work that needs doing, which is why I have started this group to try and build up a team of volunteers to help keep the area clean and tidy.

“People can come along and help out with the smaller projects and to help keep the site well managed.

“They will be able to learn more about the environment and gardening and possibly use tools they have never used before.”

For more information on when the sessions take place, call Mr Allom at Groundworks South Tyneside on 536 4873.

The next session is due to take place on tomorrow.

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