Helping young and old grow together

BLOOMING SUCCESS: Eddie Pike with Evie Hawes
BLOOMING SUCCESS: Eddie Pike with Evie Hawes

COMMUNITY gardeners were shortlisted for an award for their labours in the community.

Residents of May Crescent, in Trimdon Station, have been supported by East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership (AAP) to set up a community allotment.

It is hoped the allotment, which is nominated in the Community Partnership category, will unite older and younger generations of the community.

Locals identified health, education and employment as areas which needed addressing and through this gardening project all three could be addressed.

People old and young have been hard at work since November last year. But due to extreme weather the site did not open until February.

Since then residents have participated in workshops and have had a massive input into the layout of the allotment and also say what they want to see grown.

Jane Bellis, co-ordinator for the AAP, said: “We are delighted to support this scheme which benefits the community and brings older and younger generations together.

“The project will assist in improving health and building a true community spirit while reducing anti-social behaviour.”