Events lined up by Friends of Stranton Cemetery

Members of Friends of Stranton Cemetery
Members of Friends of Stranton Cemetery

A GROUP which aims to maintain and enhance a town cemetery has organised a series of events.

The Friends of Stranton Cemetery aims to raise awareness of the site, help ensure it remains a peaceful environment and keep crime to an absolute minimum.

Over the coming weeks, group members have organised a bulb planting and litter pick session while there is also a chance for people to check on the progress of the trees planted last year at an event later this month.

The events will be held at Stranton Cemetery site, off Tanfield Road.

Putting Hartlepool First councillor Steve Gibbon is a member of the Friends of Stranton Cemetery Group, which includes local residents and councillors.

Coun Gibbon said: “The Friends of Stranton Cemetery, along with our friends from Wild Green Spaces, are holding the cemeteries annual bulb planting and litter pick event on Wednesday, October 24, between 10am and noon.

“Old clothes and strong shoes or wellies are recommended and all other equipment will be provided. The team will be meeting at the Brierton lane car park and everyone is welcome.”

The Friends of Stranton Cemetery will once again team up with Wild Green Spaces to hold a tree event on Saturday, October 27, between 10am and noon.

Coun Gibbon added: “After last year’s successful tree planting event, where 420 young trees, including one from the Royal household to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, were planted, it’s now time to check on the progress made by the trees over the last year.

“This is a perfect opportunity for the people who turned up and planted trees last year to come along and check on the progress made by the trees.”

The event is open to everyone and old clothes and strong shoes or wellies are again recommended.

Once again people are asked to meet at the car park, off Brierton Lane.

Over the past year, there have been a series of events including litter picks, bulb planting, a butterfly biodiversity walk, a bat watch and even a headstone history walk.

Anyone interested in getting involved in any of the activities is asked to book a place by calling (01429) 853325 or email Friends of Stranton Cemetery.