RESIDENTS in Horsley Hill are having a blooming good time taking part in a new project.
Representatives from the community have been taking part in a borough-wide planting programme.
The green-fingered group, including members of the residents’ association and young people, have planted seeds on the Horsley Hill roundabout.
They used a pastel mix in the hope of creating a colourful display of flowers.
The project, Wildflower Meadows, is a pilot environmental scheme for South Tyneside.
The term describes the creation of low maintenance grasslands, specifically planted with meadow plants and flowers.
The proposal will see 25 pilot sites created across the borough, bringing both environmental and financial benefits.
Coun Eileen Leask, ward member for Horsley Hill who took part in the event, said: “The planting project will turn the roundabout into our very own wildflower meadow.
“Members of the residents’ association and young children took part in the seeding process.
“This is important, as the young people will now be able to watch the flowers grow and say that they helped to plant them.
“Hopefully, the lovely experience will, in turn, make the children more aware of their surroundings and appreciate the local environment.
“The flowers will grow alongside the community.”
South Tyneside Council spends nearly £1m a year on tending to seven million square metres of grassland.
The Wildflower Meadows project was in response to requests from the council’s place select committee to look at the current grounds maintenance programme.
This was to determine whether the council could provide a more environmentally-friendly service, while reducing the costs.
In some areas of the borough, the council will be using native British wildflower seed mixes, as these are more appropriate to sow in more naturalised areas such as Whitburn Cliff Tops and Mill Dene Cricket Field, in Jarrow.
These seed mixes will provide a wide range of native wildflower species, which are particularly good for the borough’s wildlife.
Other planting exercises will be taking place across the borough over the coming months.