Friends of Stranton Cemetery in the running for Pride of Hartlepool prize

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A GREEN group which champions the protection of the environment is in the running for an award.

The Friends of Stranton Cemetery in Hartlepool are bidding to win the green champion category in the Pride of Hartlepool competition.

And as well as welcoming the news, the group would love to hear from more people willing to support their work.

Group chair Susan Connor said: “It would be lovely if we won but it is nice to be nominated. It is great that someone recognises the work that we do.”

The group was formed in 2011 to make improvements within the cemetery.

That includes tree, shrub and bulb planting; promoting the wildlife of the cemetery; promoting community safety and helping to deter crime and vandalism.

Susan added: “It is a real privilege to be put forward for this especially as there are a lot of good groups in Hartlepool.”

The Friends activities also include planning Headstone and History walks, making bat boxes, and planning clean-ups in the spring and autumn.

They involve litter picks, weeding and planting in the cemeteries.

The Friends also organise seasonal events such as carol services and Yuletide flower arranging workshops.

The nomination from the group came from Irene Cross who said: “Groups like the Friends give their time freely to benefit the local area and communities, and they deserve to receive recognition for their hard work which is why I have nominated the group for this award.”

You have until Tuesday, April 1 to put in an entry. After that, we will begin the tough process of trying to choose a winner.

The categories up for grabs include Sporting Achievement; Community Group; Community Champion; Student of the Year; Fundraiser of the Year; Child of Courage; Local Hero; Green Champion; Emergency Services and Young Performer of the Year.

You have until the beginning of next month to enter via the nomination form on this page in the Hartlepool Mail today, or by visiting our website at and filling in the online entry form.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the Friends of Stranton Cemetery should email