Youngsters do a blooming good job

Youngsters creating flower baskets for the elderly residents in Ashington as part of the Hirst in Bloom project.
Youngsters creating flower baskets for the elderly residents in Ashington as part of the Hirst in Bloom project.

GREEN fingered youngsters donned their wellies to give an allotment in Ashington a much needed revamp.

The Hirst in Bloom project, in partnership with the Bernicia Housing Group, saw more than 25 youngsters spend three months making over an allotment in Hirst as well as creating flower baskets for local elderly residents.

The project is part of the Community Space Challenge, a social inclusion scheme that aims to create a safe and green environment and establish a mutual respect and understanding between the generations.

The scheme, which is a partnership between the Northumberland Youth Offending Service and Hirst Welfare Centre, is in its fourth year with the Hirst in Bloom project in its second season.

Glynis Reynolds, who supervised those working on the project, said: “It’s always rewarding to see something like this really take off and make people take a look at their community.

“By offering kids programmes like this we’re keeping them away from temptation and showing them that they can make a positive difference, even at a young age.”

Gemma Robson, community investment team leader at Bernicia, said: “It was lovely to see young people working hard with a smile on their faces.

“The baskets really brighten up the community, the garden looks fantastic and our older residents really appreciate it.”