Residents from a Cramlington neighbourhood will soon be seeing the fruits of their labours after they helped plant 13 mature fruit trees to create an edible ‘walk to school’ route.
The group from Beacon Lane have been working with Places for People and charity Groundwork to create a row of fruit trees along Esher Place and Eastbourne Gardens which the residents and their children can enjoy as they make their way to and from school.
The tree planting marks the conclusion of a £600,000 investment by Places for People, which owns and manages 328 homes in Beacon Lane, as part of its Green Spaces for People Portfolio in conjunction with the Big Lottery Fund Changing Spaces programme.
Beacon Lane is part of a wider programme run by the Green Spaces team in conjunction with Northumberland County Council, which has seen the redevelopment of the play area to include a tree house, climbing walkways and a multi-use games area.
Steven Nichol, neighbourhood officer from Places for People, said: “We are pleased to be able to support this project which is part of our work in creating sustainable neighbourhoods and is not only going to have an immediate impact on the people who live here, but for future generations to enjoy too.”
Resident Rita Grey added: “We are hoping to get all the residents of Beacon Lane involved in our community growing project and utilise the fruit trees and planted beds on the estate.”