People power helps create new garden for Jarrow community centre

Launch of Bilton Hall Community Garden with Williby Roc's Eco Craft Creations. Front chair of trust, Faye Cunningham
Launch of Bilton Hall Community Garden with Williby Roc's Eco Craft Creations. Front chair of trust, Faye Cunningham

People power has helped a Jarrow community centre create a garden where residents can relax and youngsters can learn about nature.

Volunteers at Bilton Hall community trust in Taunton Avenue, Low Simonside, called on those living in the area to come and join them as they looked to revamp an area within the venue’s grounds.

Launch of Bilton Hall Community Garden with Williby Roc's Eco Craft Creations
Rocco Carr 3.

Launch of Bilton Hall Community Garden with Williby Roc's Eco Craft Creations Rocco Carr 3.

The project was made possible with the help of a grant from the Greggs Foundation and Community Foundation’s Project Dirt.

The team also worked alongside Williby Roc, which provides environmentally friendly craft parties and workshops to create the eco-friendly garden.

Centre manager Joanna Tuck said: “We tried to launch a community project last year where we made raised beds, but this time we decided to make it a much bigger project and working with Williby Roc we decided on creating a community garden.

“The response to the project has been amazing, We have had 41 families actively engaging over five weeks with families coming from across South Tyneside.

“We have had people of all ages getting involved in the project and taking part in activities.

“We’re now looking for people to come along and help us to maintain the garden.”

The garden has been created by using recyclable and re-purposed materials and features a mud kitchen, activity space and tyre planters with plans to one day create an education hub.

Joanna added: “We dismantled the old plant beds and the families used the wood to make bird boxes.

“Everyone has worked really hard on the project, learned about recycling and had so much fun while doing so.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the community garden or other activities at the centre call on 489 8224.