Volunteers sought to help add colour to community

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.
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.

A new project is looking for volunteers to help make an area of Morpeth even cleaner and greener.

Those already involved and the people who join Growing for Green are going to be looking for areas in Stobhill where they can plant and harvest flowers and vegetables.

As well as the food element, the initiative aims to help local residents learn new skills, meet new people and bring even more colour and vibrancy to the community.

It has been developed by Morpeth Stobhill county councillor Ian Lindley and Northumberland Community Enterprise Ltd (NCEL).

They believe working on and living in clean and colourful green spaces can improve physical and psychological health, strengthen communities and make neighbourhoods more attractive places.

Coun Lindley said: “A little bit of work at local level can make a huge difference and I hope that this group will be able to make a valuable contribution to promoting community pride and improving the environment in Stobhill.

“We are looking for anyone who has a little bit of time – no matter how long or short – who could make a contribution to the group.”

Those interested in getting involved can call Brooke Burgess, NCEL director, on 01670 519575.

Meanwhile, the non-profit organisation based in Stobhill – which addresses issues such as health and well-being, unemployment and training provision – is seeking residents’ support after entering the Aviva Community Fund process.

It needs votes from the public to increase its chances of winning up to £25,000. The money 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, which is open to people in the Stobhill ward.

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

To get behind the project, visit https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/acfcms/get-involved and register.

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