Gardening project needs your votes

A non-profit organisation is seeking support as it hopes to get a share of the money that a national initiative will distribute early next year.

Sunday, 13th November 2016, 8:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:38 pm
Coun Ian Lindley, project officer Rafeef Al-Hasan, left, and project co-ordinator Lesley Tweddle are pictured planting flowers and vegetables in a community bed next to the A196.

Northumberland Community Enterprise Ltd (NCEL), which addresses social and economic issues in the south east area of the county, needs public votes to give it a chance of winning up to £25,000 as part of the Aviva Community Fund.

The funding would go to its Blooming Well project that it runs in partnership with Groundwork North East and Cumbria from its disabled-accessible community allotment in Bedlington.

The programme responds to the needs of people with memory loss by offering gardening and craft activities.

NCEL director Brooke Burgess said: “We hope to continue enhancing the lives of people living with memory loss, as well as the lives of those who are caring for them.

“Please take a few moments to log on and vote for us.”

To get behind the project, visit and register.

Search for Blooming Well 2017 and submit your vote before Friday, November 18.

Meanwhile, volunteers are being sought for the Growing for Green project in the Stobhill area of Morpeth. It has been developed by NCEL and local county councillor Ian Lindley.

Members of the group will plant and harvest flowers and vegetables at various locations in this community.

Those interested in getting involved can call Ms Burgess on 01670 519575.