A HOUSING estate in South Tyneside will be getting in the Christmas spirit all year round, thanks to a Lottery cash boost.
Thousands of pounds in funding from the National Lottery’s Awards for All programme are being ploughed into Harton Moor in South Shields.
The estate will be given a new lease of life with the addition of a wildflower meadow, plant maze and rockery area at its entrance.
A community Christmas tree will also be placed at Calver Court.
Plans for the revamp are currently being finalised, and work is expected to get under way by the end of the year.
The Lottery scheme has provided £8,500 for the project, with another £1,000 being given by South Tyneside Council’s East Shields community area forum.
Harton Moor Residents’ Association is working alongside Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle on the estate revamp.
Residents’ association chairman Kevin Mitchell said: “The work is really to tidy up the estate.
“It shows the good that Lottery funding can do.
“Hopefully, having a real Christmas tree will mean residents will be more likely to take care of it.
“We’re hoping it will be good for community spirit, and we plan to have carol singing.
“The rockery at the gateway sign will be a good first impression for people coming into the estate.”
Ward councillor Jim Foreman said: “This is fantastic news for the estate.
“It’s really going to liven the place up and bring it back to its former glory. I can’t wait for the work to get under way.
The raft of improvements also includes bulb-planting projects and a soakaway to allow rainwater to drain off in Hollingside Way, a flooding blackspot.