Grant to give parks a new look

AN environmental scheme will see trees planted at a Hartlepool park.

Groundwork North East has received a £115,000 grant, from the Forestry Commission’s The Big Tree Plant, funding a scheme to plant trees at Clavering Park, in Hartlepool.

The main aim of The Big Tree Plant initiative is to encourage and support community groups to plant trees in neighbourhoods where people live and work.

Groundwork, which is committed to sustainability, the environment and improving communities, submitted a comprehensive application to apply for a slice of the £4m grant available through the scheme.

The funding awarded to Groundwork North East will support 16 targeted projects across the North East and Cumbria, planting a total of 33,000 trees during three years.

The Big Tree Plant’s mission is to plant one million trees between 2011 and 2015.

Kate Culverhouse, Groundwork North East managing director, said: “I am really pleased with the grant awarded from the Forestry Commission. We received very positive feedback from The Big Plant Scheme for our application, highlighting our great community network and established partnerships. The money will help to develop Groundwork’s vision for the North East and Cumbria.”

Vicki Sixsmith, land services manager at Groundwork North East, said: “The grant we have received from The Big Plant scheme will enhance the quality of places for people and wildlife across the North East & Cumbria. We aim to engage with the local community through partner organisations in each area during the planting process.

“Groundwork is dedicated to developing open spaces within the North East and Cumbria. The organisation aims to significantly enhance areas, ultimately making them more attractive to local residents. Providing education and offering a hands-on technique, such as planting trees, provides people with the skills to manage and nurture green spaces.”