AN organisation representing young Muslims has boosted efforts to improve the environment by helping to plant around 450 new trees.
Around a dozen members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association joined forces with the Wild Green Spaces in Hartlepool project team to plant the trees in West View Cemetery.
They spent several hours planting the trees, which included species such as hazel, dog rose, blackthorn and crab apple.
The project formed part of the association’s national environmental tree planting initiative that it is running in conjunction with the Woodland Trust.
The young people involved worship at a mosque in Turnbull Street, Hartlepool, and local spokesman Sheraz Kasi said: “Our members are delighted to have been able to do their bit to improve Hartlepool’s environment and they really enjoyed planting the trees.
“Events such as this as also help to promote good community relations and our members are really keen to get involved in similar schemes in the future.”
Becky Stanley, assistant project officer with the Wild Green Spaces in Hartlepool project, said: “We are pleased to have formed this link with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association and we’d be very keen to work with them again.
“The new trees are a big boost to the town’s environment and will help to encourage wildlife. We’d like to thank everyone who helped to plant them for their efforts.”
The Wild Green Spaces Project was awarded a National Lottery grant of more than £350,000 following a successful bid by Hartlepool Borough Council in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Burn Valley Project Steering Group.
It is being funded by Natural England through its Access to Nature initiative which, in turn, is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme.