A GROUP of Morpeth teenagers are digging in to help improve a local community as part of a useful accolade.
They have been involved in removing scrub, planting wildlife-friendly shrubs and bulbs for next year, learning about natural history and tree identification and litter-picking in the Stobhill area.
Working with staff from Groundwork North East, these activities will help the King Edward VI School students to achieve their John Muir Award.
This is a nationally-recognised certificate which encourages awareness, appreciation and responsibility for the natural environment.
James Stafford from Groundwork North East said: “I think the work the students are doing in Stobhill is great. The young people have been learning about the area and have been making improvements that will benefit the community. I hope they all know what a fantastic difference they are making. We are hoping that the young people will continue to support our programme of activity in Stobhill and continue to volunteer in the future.”
The organisation is currently working in partnership with county councillor Ian Lindley and the Stobhill Community Forum with the on-going improvement and management of the area’s green space.
Coun Lindley said: “Improvements to the green spaces are an important part of our long-term regeneration plan for Stobhill. It also includes actions to help local people gain employment so this project is a real double whammy – our young people are helping to improve the area, while gaining a valuable qualification and improving their job prospects.”