Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Community Spirit Is Grown through Garden Makeover; CAPSULE IS BURIED TO RECORD THE HARD WORK OF PUPILS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Community Spirit Is Grown through Garden Makeover; CAPSULE IS BURIED TO RECORD THE HARD WORK OF PUPILS

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Byline: DARREN KELSO Content Editor darren.kelso@reachplc.com

THE completion of a garden makeover will be recalled many years in the future - thanks to the planting of a time capsule.

Throughout the summer, pupils from Atkinson House School in Seghill, near Cramlington, spent time building high raised beds, planting bulbs, laying a new patio, building a pagoda, laying turf, painting and weeding in the communal garden at Park View sheltered housing scheme off Park Road in Lynemouth.

Residents living at the Karbon Homes scheme, which consists of 37 one- and two-bedroom homes for older people, were delighted with their new-look garden and praised all the hard work that the pupils have been doing over the spring and summer.

And when the 'Tranquil Garden' was officially opened by Lynemouth councillor Liz Dunn, residents and pupils gathered at the scheme to celebrate their efforts and plant a time capsule, which includes messages and photographs of the work they have delivered. A plaque was kindly donated by Bart Endean of Morpeth.

Park View resident Edith Headley, 92, said: "It has been fantastic watching these boys working in the garden on the behalf of the tenants at Park View - they have worked their socks off.

"They have always been well mannered and polite when they are here, and the work that's been done is unbelievable. All I can say is, it is wonderful that the younger generation want to put themselves out to help improve the lives of older people, and it has improved the view.

"I would like to add that their teacher, Andrew Brotherton, has been marvellous in his support for the boys - it's all fantastic."

Scheme officer Diane Leighton said: "They've done a fantastic job and our residents have enjoyed seeing their hard work come to fruition. The garden has been transformed and our residents can enjoy sitting and relaxing in their new garden. This project has It has fantastic these boys in the garden have worked socks Edith brought young and older people together and they have enjoyed each other's company. …

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