Going back to your roots

Seed Pods volunteer Elizabeth Welsh (left) and Easington in Bloom volunteer Christine Stoker with a Rudbeckia plant donated by a Mr Millington of Wingate for planting in the Church of Ascension at Easington Colliery.
Seed Pods volunteer Elizabeth Welsh (left) and Easington in Bloom volunteer Christine Stoker with a Rudbeckia plant donated by a Mr Millington of Wingate for planting in the Church of Ascension at Easington Colliery.

A GREENFINGERED group wants to make Easington a brighter place to live by urging past and present residents to donate seeds.

The new Easington Seed Pods project wants Easington Colliery residents to contact former locals and extended family members all over the UK, to ask them to take part in the scheme.

The group wants people to send seeds and cuttings back home to their roots, to put something back in their community.

New residents who have set down roots in Easington are also being encouraged to take part.

Easington Seed Pods organiser Michael Welsh said: “The group aims to make Easington a better place to live by planting perennial plants in the community.

“The seeds, cuttings and divisions will come from the community and then be raised by the community and eventually planted back into the community, for all to enjoy.

“It is a fact that many Easington residents are unemployed and depressed and we hope that these people will help in the project and bring colour into their lives and streets of Easington.”

Seed Pods stands for “Sow Everywhere in Easington District” and “Plant On Disused Sites”.

It is a community-based project in partnership with Easington Colliery in Bloom.

Apart from adding colour to back streets and gardens, it is hoped that wildlife will also feel the benefits and “animal corridors” could be developed with animals being attracted to the developing greenery.

Michael says the easiest way to take part in the project would be to take seed from plants in gardens and send them to the Seed Pods team, who will sew and maintain them.

Anyone interested in taking part should email easingtonseedpods@gmail.com or (01429) 836811.