Adding colour to cemetery

Selina Wilson from Tesco (front 4th left) and Brenda Lyones (front 2nd right) from friends of Stranton cemetery set about planting bulbs in one of the gardens at the cemetery with a helping hand from fellow friends. Picture bY FRANK REID
Selina Wilson from Tesco (front 4th left) and Brenda Lyones (front 2nd right) from friends of Stranton cemetery set about planting bulbs in one of the gardens at the cemetery with a helping hand from fellow friends. Picture bY FRANK REID
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A COMMUNITY-spirited group has planted hundreds of bulbs to make a cemetery more attractive.

Boxes of mixed plants were donated to the Friends of Stranton Cemetery, where members carried out a day of planting in time for the winter.

They hope that the site off Stockton Road, in Hartlepool, will become a sea of colour next spring when the 500 bulbs begin to sprout.

Volunteers also carried out a litter pick to make sure the area looks its best for visitors.

Sue Conner, chairman of the group that has around 10 members, said: “It is important to look after the cemetery.

“This was one of the ideas from the younger people involved and the aim is to promote the area as an alternative green space.

“Many people don’t realise how big the area is and what can be done with it.”

The bulbs were donated by Tesco, Wild Green Spaces wardens and cemetery staff.

The group has several events coming up, including a planting session on November 26 when 420 young trees will be added to the site.

Mrs Conner added: “We have a busy end of the year as we put on events to try and encourage people to use the cemetery.

“We want people to take a bit of ownership in what is an important site.

“It has a lot of history, including the grave of the first British serviceman to be killed in the First World War.”

Other events coming up include a grave tour on November 20, a meeting on November 22 and a carol service on December 15.

Anyone who would like more information or want to get involved can email the group at friendsofstrantoncemetery@hotmail.co.uk or ring Sue McBride (01429) 523075.