Green scheme culminates in community celebration

Wooler residents are celebrating the completion of an environmental project after the finishing touches were made to a planting scheme.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 30 June, 2016, 10:00
Kerry Howie, Housing Officer; Margaret Thompson, Resident; Jane Austin-Walker, Groundwork NE & Cumbria; Mr Michael Lowery, Resident; Ruby Watt, Four Housing Community Development Fund Panel member.

Residents in Padgepool Place have seen an overgrown public area transformed into an attractive green space featuring an array of wild flowers and seasonal trees.

The project was funded by Four Housing’s Community Development Fund and managed by Groundwork NE and Cumbria.

The final batch of wild flowers were planted as part of a celebration garden party to mark the completion of the scheme.

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Gillian Buchan, a customer engagement officer at Four Housing, said: “The Fund was set up to support projects that benefit and enhance the communities in which we operate. It’s great to see the green space at Padgepool Place looking fantastic following a real community effort.

“We hope that local residents will be able to enjoy fully the space this summer.”

Margaret Thompson, a Padgepool Place resident, said: “The project has been a great way to bring together different people from the local community to improve an area that was in need of some TLC. As a resident living nearby, we will benefit as a result of this fantastic team effort over the summer and for many years to come.”

Jane Austin-Walker of Groundwork said: “Not only has the scheme been a big success in terms of improving the look of the area, the community engagement aspect has been fantastic and it’s very much been led by local residents. It’s great that Glendale School and the Young Firefighters got involved, they can take real pride in having made a real difference in something that has enhanced their area.”