RESIDENTS are looking forward to having their own new community garden thanks to a lottery windfall and help from a range of organisations.
It follows a bid for £50,000 put forward by Central Estate Management Organisation (CEMO) in Hartlepool.
The Central Estate Community Garden project has been funded through the Community Spaces programme, which is being managed by Groundwork UK as an award partner to the Big Lottery Fund.
It is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces initiative.
Match-funding for the project has come from Central Estate Neighbourhood Action Partnership, Housing Hartlepool and Hartlepool Borough Council via Pride in Hartlepool and its Community Safety Capital Grant Fund.
The Central Correctors youth group has also been heavily involved in the scheme.
Located within the grounds of the Hindpool Close Children’s Centre and adjacent to the Phoenix Centre, the garden will include seating, community planting facilities and community art.
The new community space will also provide a link into the Phoenix Centre, Hindpool Close Children’s Centre and the recently developed community cafe creating a focal point for local residents.
Work recently got under way and the project is scheduled to be completed this summer.
Cath Torley, of CEMO, said: “Following a survey of residents, one of the things that came out was the lack of community facilities on Central Estate.
“Following discussions with a number of organisations including Hartlepool council, Housing Hartlepool and Groundwork North East we applied for the funding and were delighted to succeed.
“We’ve listened to what people want to see in the garden and it’s designed with all ages and abilities in mind.
“We are also planning events of different types and hope to get local residents involved in maintaining the garden and gaining new skills.
“We aim to create a haven for wildlife and somewhere that people can get closer to nature. There’s also the new play area as part of the national ‘Playbilder’ initiative which will complement the community garden.
“I would like to thank all of the organisations for their help in making this possible and everyone is looking forward to the summer when it will be complete.”
Leah Remington, programme co-ordinator for Groundwork North-East, added: “I am delighted that the group has been successful in attracting this money. CEMO has worked very hard to develop the project to this stage and it is an excellent example of what can be achieved when the community works closely with local organisations.”