Park work project all set to be completed

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AN INITIATIVE which is transforming five parks in south east Northumberland is almost complete.

The second phase of the SENSE Project will shortly come to an end and, as expected, it was as successful as its predecessor SENSE I, with more than 1,000 people participating in the activities.

SENSE II was a three-year scheme funded by the Banks Community Fund through the mining, property and renewable energy developer Banks Group.

The project saw work being undertaken at Valley Park and Alexandra Park in Cramlington, Isabella Heap in Blyth and Gallagher Park in Bedlington.

It also continued work begun by the SENSE I project at Choppington Woods.

The initiative saw primary school children planting more than 700 wildflower meadow plants at Choppington Woods.

Meanwhile, senior school pupils helped at a tree planting event at Alexandra Park.

Ninety meters of boardwalk was constructed at Choppington Woods while Gallagher Park was fitted out with a new seat, picnic area and a downhill cycle track and bridge.

Community litter picks were also held at Gallagher Park and Isabella Heap, which was also given a new seat and picnic area.

Anthony Johnston, Northumberland Wildlife Trust estates officer said: “The SENSE II project has been a great success and is testament to how beneficial the project is to wildlife and people and proof that the Banks Group is passionate about supporting local communities.

“From planting 10ft trees in the freezing cold to inviting a class of excited schoolchildren to open the new boardwalk in Choppington Woods, SENSE II has reached people of all ages throughout the area.”