Colour boost to South Tyneside greenspace area

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Youngsters have shown off their gardening skills to breathe a new lease of life into part of South Tyneside.

Jarrow Cross CE Primary School pupils have planted a range of plants and bulbs in an area behind Jarrow Town Hall which will bloom annually.

This is a tremendous initiative that will bring real benfits.

Sarah Atchison

The project – part of a Big Local landscaping and gardening project – was made possible through the National Lottery-backed Big Local Central Jarrow initiative.

Sarah Atchison, health and wellbeing co-ordinator with Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, who supervised the children said: “This is a tremendous initiative which will bring real benefits.

“Groundwork specialises in transforming under used green spaces into vibrant community areas.

“This scheme really adds to that vision.

“Big Local is not only bringing benefits to local people, whose environment is being improved, but projects like this bring great enjoyment to the children.

“The pupils worked hard and really played their part in creating this local improvement.” The scheme is the latest in two years of improvements under Big Local.

The scheme has £1m to spend in central Jarrow over a decade.

In addition to specific project work carried out by commissioned organisations, it supports community events, increasing engagement between itself and its funded projects and local people.

More information on Big Local Central Jarrow is available from Anne Corrigan on 428 1144, or by emailing anne.corrigan@groundwork.org.uk