Hartlepool volunteers’ effort was tree-mendous

SUCCESS:  Some of the volunteers who helped to plant a new hedge in Seaton Park
SUCCESS: Some of the volunteers who helped to plant a new hedge in Seaton Park

VOLUNTEERS generously gave their time to plant hundreds of trees to make Seaton Park a more inviting place for visitors.

Helpers answered appeals by the Friends of Seaton Park Group and Hartlepool council’s Countryside Team for the community event.

In just a few hours they gave root to 420 new trees that will form part of a hedge which will eventually go all around Dodds field.

It was a case of many hands make light work as organisers received help from the Ahmaddiyya Muslim Youth Group who travelled from Newcastle, Hartlepool, Stockton and Middlesbrough.

Local Cubs and Beavers also joined the countryside team in making the day a great success.

The event was part of a Woodland Trust planting scheme which aims to create a UK rich in native woods and trees.

Seaton park friends group secretary Graeme Measor said: “It was a brilliant day and we are really grateful to everyone who helped.

“We had about 30 volunteers, not just from Hartlepool, but Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

“It was a really nice positive day and we planted 420 trees in about three hours.”

The helpers relaxed afterwards with hot chocolate and cakes.

And a number of them also joined in an event in the bowls pavilion to celebrate Tree Dressing Day which is based on many old customs from all over the world and brings people together to celebrate trees in public spaces.

The decorations featured wishes of remembrance or general Festive wishes to loved ones.