Allot to enjoy at garden

Santa visits the Goroundworks community allotment in Hendon to help celebrate their Christmas party with Deputy Mayor, Ian Kay, comitee members and children from Early Days nursery.

Santa visits the Goroundworks community allotment in Hendon to help celebrate their Christmas party with Deputy Mayor, Ian Kay, comitee members and children from Early Days nursery.

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A COMMUNITY garden aiming to improve the health of Wearsiders is being celebrated.

The Groundwork Community Allotment, in Hendon, has proved a big hit.

Festive activities included singing with youngsters from Valley Road School, an appearance by “Green Santa” and a craft session with the new Championing the East project.

Groundwork North East is currently supporting the scheme.

Project officer Claire Hutchinson said: “The aim of the project is to improve the health of local people through providing opportunities for increased physical activity and additional time spent in a green space.”

“The community allotment is used by local residents, schools and agencies such as Neca, Disc, Sans Street Youth and Community Centre, Sunderland Mind and Support for Alcohol.”

The project was initially funded by Back on the Map and Marks and Spencer. It is currently financially supported by Groundwork North East, the NHS South of Tyne and Wear through the Green Activity Programme and Northumbria Police’s Participatory Budget.