VOLUNTEERS dug deep to boost a ‘royal’ green space in South Tyneside.
A tree planting session was held at the weekend at the new Jubilee Woods, off Church Bank, Jarrow.
Launched last December, to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the woods includes a range of new trees and a wooden sculpture feature.
With trees supplied by the Woodland Trust, and sponsorship from Ikea, the Jubilee Woods national project saw volunteers braving the cold weather on Saturday to enhance the attractive green space.
Coun Fay Cunningham, for the Bede ward in Jarrow, which includes Jubilee Woods, said: “We were thrilled to find out last year that we would have a long-term jubilee legacy project in our ward, as part of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
“Jubilee Woods is a beautiful setting local people can be proud of. It provides a number of valuable uses, from teaching young people about environmental issues through to a location for a lovely family walk.
“Trees will be here for years to come for everyone to admire and enjoy.”
Council countryside officers led the tree planting on Saturday, with volunteers lending a hand.
Coun Arthur Meeks, who also represents the Bede ward, said: “The tree planting is a good idea, as it gives people an opportunity to make a real difference in their community and raise the profile of environmental issues.
“Trees play an important role in our daily lives, as they help to keep nature’s balance and provide us with a host of valuable assets.”