Local groups join forces to spruce up neglected corner

Volunteers from Darlington Support and Inner Wheel completed a community project to improve local area

At a meeting of Cockerton Community and Business Group, a suggestion that was proposed by local Councillor Jan Cossins to improve the corner of Newton Lane and Eggleston View was discussed.

After obtaining permission from the Council, volunteers from Darlington Support and the Inner Wheel Club of Darlington visited the site on multiple occasions over a period of a couple of weeks to carry out a number of activities from clearing and litter-picking to digging over and planting.

Darlington Borough Councillor Jan Cossins, who is also the Call Centre Team Leader for Darlington Support, said: "Despite its prominent location on Newton Lane near the Cricket Club, this street corner had been neglected for many years.  It is wonderful that what started as a mere suggestion in a meeting has so quickly become a reality.  Huge thanks to everyone who has made this possible."

The President of the Inner Wheel Club of Darlington, Karen Campbell, commented: "We are pleased that Darlington Support benefited from the extensive horticultural expertise of our member, Colleen Ashwin-Kean.  We also hope that the plants that we were able to donate will add new beautiful colours to the landscape when they flower in the spring".

Sue Kirk, who leads a team of volunteers in the Cockerton area for Darlington Support, added: "We were delighted to participate in this project and make a positive contribution to our local area.  While it was wet and raining on a few days, we had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the experience.  The lovely and encouraging comments that we kept receiving from grateful residents who were passing by while we were volunteering meant so much."


These are pictures of some of the volunteers in action.

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