Tree-mendous effort by Gateshead youngsters

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News, On your estate, On your estate - estate improvements, On your estate - Sustainable Communities Fund.

TGHC_Tree_planting_Wrekenton_012Residents from Springwell and Wrekenton have done their bit to make sure Gateshead remains ‘green’ for generations to come.

Youngsters from Larkspur Community Primary and St Oswald’s RC Primary Schools planted trees on the grounds of the former St Edmund Campion School in Wrekenton.

They were joined by volunteers from Gateshead College, Wrekenton Community Base, Gateshead Harvest and Help, as well as local residents, to complete the local ‘green’ day.

The planting was part of efforts across the borough to support the 40th anniversary National Tree Week, which is held across the UK each November.

The scheme was launched in 1975 to replace losses resulting from Dutch elm disease, which wiped out more than 20 million trees.

In Gateshead, a number of tree planting events were held with the help of local schools and residents of all ages.

Jane Brownlee, Estate Officer at the housing company, said: “We are committed to keeping the borough as ‘green’ as possible by supporting schemes to improve the environment.

“Efforts across Gateshead to support National Tree Week will help to keep the borough’s green spaces there for generations to come.”

Funding for the tree and bulb planting events was provided through the recently-launched Sustainable Communities Fund.

The fund is a joint venture between the housing company and Gateshead Council and aims to increase pride in neighbourhoods by improving the local environment.

For more information about National Tree Week visit the Tree Council’s website. 

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