Society recognises youngsters’ work

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The efforts of young people in south east Northumberland have been catching the eye of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Local charity Leading Link has been working with groups within Bedlington on a number of green fingered activities, which have now been officially recognised through the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ initiative.

The initiative is the non-competitive category of Britain in Bloom, which is open to groups throughout the region, and is particularly aimed at volunteer-led community groups who are improving their local environment.

The groups of young people and families involved in Bedlington have now been awarded a total of eight awards from the Royal Horticultural Society and Northumbria in Bloom, including six in the ‘outstanding’ category.

Activities included students from West End First School, St Bede’s Primary School, Meadowdale Academy and St Benet Biscop Catholic High School planting trees, growing sunflowers as part of a summer competition and producing troughs to improve the entrance to their schools.

Youth Ambassadors from Leading Link have also been involved in the project, helping to produce hanging baskets for Front Street as part of Bedlington in Bloom and creating a welcome rockery at Attlee Park, thanks to funding from The Key.

Lyn Horton, manager of Leading Link, said: “The response from young people in Bedlington helping to make their town a better place to live has been exceptional – and it is fantastic to see their efforts being recognised through the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ awards.

“It also shows that schools, community groups and residents are still striving to make a real difference to the local area.”