WORK is well underway on a £60,000 project that will help bring a community together.
A former car park at St Oswald’s Church Hall in Milbank Road is being transformed into a new community garden for the people of Dyke House.
The scheme is a partnership between St Oswald’s Church and the Wharton Trust charity.
Project leaders say the garden will provide a much-needed place where people of all ages can go to relax.
Father Graeme Buttery, of St Oswald’s Church, said: “The idea is it will be a nice, pleasant place for residents in Dyke House to come in and just relax.
“It is a place where teenagers will be welcome to sit on an evening, they won’t be chased away.
“The Wharton Trust our major partners and our main contribution has been to provide the space.
“This is the second of three phases to improve the church hall.”
Phase one was a £70,000 renovation of the inside of the church hall in Milbank Road.
The final phase will see around £10,000 spent to improve disabled access and the frontage of the hall.
The funding for the current stage has come from Impetus Environmental Trust and the Tees Valley Community Foundation.
It will feature decking, raised flower beds, seating and artificial turf.
Teresa Driver, a youth and community worker at the Wharton Trust, said: “There is no green space in the area so it will be good for the kids and community as a whole.
“Father Graeme has said we can use it for the youth club and hopefully the school will get involved as well.”
An official opening with a blessing and dedication by the Bishop of Jarrow is due to take place on Wednesday, September 24, at 7pm.