Youngsters planting estate improvements

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

A South Gateshead estate is set to look bloomin’ marvellous next Spring thanks to The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council.

Pupils aged 10 and 11 from Kells Lane Primary School took part in a bulb planting session recently around Beacon Lough in Gateshead.

The students planted daffodil and crocus bulbs around the estate, which is close to Low Fell.

And the youngsters were joined by members of the Low Fell Volunteer Group who planted a number of trees ahead of the upcoming 40th anniversary National Tree Week.

Jane Brownlee, Estate Officer, said: “The pupils really enjoyed the bulb and tree planting activities.

“10,000 daffodil bulbs, 5,000 crocus bulbs and 20 trees were planted by pupils and local volunteers and it will be nice for them to see the results of their work in the springtime when the bulbs bloom early next year.”

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

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

The planting followed a series of other recent bulb and tree planting days on estates across Gateshead.

Residents wanting to suggest ideas for similar estate improvements should contact their housing office or email

See more photographs from the planting session on our Facebook page.