Community sets up crazy golf in garden

The Deputy Mayor of the City of Sunderland officially opened the new community and activity garden at St Mark's Community Association, Millfield. With him are left to right; Centre Manager Martin Robson, gardener John Simpson and Stephen Armstrong from Groundwork North East.
The Deputy Mayor of the City of Sunderland officially opened the new community and activity garden at St Mark's Community Association, Millfield. With him are left to right; Centre Manager Martin Robson, gardener John Simpson and Stephen Armstrong from Groundwork North East.
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IT’S not what you would expect to find in the middle of Millfield.

But Sunderland’s deputy mayor wasted no time in putting a new seven-hole crazy golf course to the test.

Coun Iain Kay was on par as he opened the new garden at St Mark’s Community Association.

It is hoped that the creation of the unique site, which includes the golf course, will attract people of all ages.

A remote-control car track and boulder climbing wall are among the other features.

Martin Robson, project manager of the community association, said: “The opening has been really well attended.

“More than 80 people came and the weather was fine so we’re pleased.

“Hopefully, as the weather gets warmer more and more will visit.”

Inside the community association there’s a computer suite for anyne interested in playing XBox and PlayStation games.

Martin said that the new green space will provide a beauty spot for Millfield residents.

“There isn’t a lot of garden space in Millfield for the general public with a lot of it being cottages so now they have a quiet area to come down to and sit and enjoy.”

He said he is in contact with Wearside schools who may want to take their pupils to the garden for day trips.

“There is a lot of potential here for stuff to be done and we hope it could be used perhaps as an environmental project for schoolchildren to come along and put plants in,” said Martin.

“There is plenty for people to do here.”

Jane Garton, 33, of Millfield, said: “It’s a great idea. We’ve been in need of a new crazy golf course in Sunderland for ages.”

Schools or groups interested in finding out more can call 514 4126 or go to www.stmarksca.co.uk.

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