Trust group helping to transform woodlands

Young people from the Princes Trust have been working with Groundworks to improve the area at Paddock Wood, North Seaton, Ashington (left to right-back row) Liam Robinson, Sophie Carruthers, Lauren Carruthers, Rachael Yiber, Samantha Pears, Oliver Jones and (front three-left to right) Jamie Thynne, James Stafford-Groundwork North East and Brett Parry.
Young people from the Princes Trust have been working with Groundworks to improve the area at Paddock Wood, North Seaton, Ashington (left to right-back row) Liam Robinson, Sophie Carruthers, Lauren Carruthers, Rachael Yiber, Samantha Pears, Oliver Jones and (front three-left to right) Jamie Thynne, James Stafford-Groundwork North East and Brett Parry.

YOUNG people in Ashington have helped to transform a local woodland as part of their Prince’s Trust programme.

The group of 16 to 25-year-olds worked with Northumberland Fire Service and Groundwork North East to improve Paddock Wood in North Seaton.

They planted bulbs and wildflowers for next year, cleared paths and coppice work, undertook mapping and tree identification, as well as litter picking.

Shaun Arundel, from the fire service, said: “This is one of our many projects working with hundreds of young people across Northumberland every year.

“It was a great opportunity for the young people to take part in and they have all learned something about the area and the local community.

“We are hoping to be able to work with Groundwork North East on other projects in the future.”

The idea to work in Paddock Wood came from local resident and participant Oliver Jones as a helpful community-based project.

James Stafford, from Groundwork North East, said: “I think the work they have done here is great.

“They have learned about the area, and have been making improvements which will benefit the community who use it.

“I hope they all know that they have made a real difference.

“What is really encouraging is that three of the young people have expressed an interest in continuing to volunteer here in the future.”

Groundwork North East is currently working in Paddock Wood to engage the community in the on-going improvement and management of their greenspace, and is planning events to take place over the next few months. For more information on the events and how to get involved, email friendsofpaddockwood@gmail.com