Students have been using their skills to put something back into their local community by taking part in a tidy-up project.
The project, which is initiated by the Target North Hirst Tenant and Resident Group, Northumberland College and Northumberland County Council, centred on the residential gardens in Katherine Street and Portia Street in Ashington.
Twenty joinery, highways, painting and decorating and horticulture students rom the college’s Ashington and Kirkley Hall campuses, used the skills they developed on their courses to tidy the gardens and carry out basic repairs to fencing and walls.
Target North Hirst wanted the gardens of the two selected streets to be held up as the ‘North Hirst Standard’, to encourage the other streets in the area to get on board.
Mark Rossi, enterprise co-ordinator at Northumberland College, said: “It was a great opportunity for our students to use their skills in the community.
“The students engaged positively with local residents and volunteers, showing enthusiasm and commitment.”
Carol Brown, chairperson of Target North Hirst, added: “It was fantastic that the staff and students from Northumberland College helped us in this way.
“We are passionate about improving our community, but we need help if we are going to achieve our aim of bringing back the pride in the Hirst.
“It’s great to know that we can work in this way with such an important organisation in our community.”