Sunderland school pupils give community garden a makeover

Coun Stuart Porthouse, right, replanting the land beside Ivy House, East Herrington, as part of the Love Where You Live Campaign with left to right; ward Team Leader Neil Birbeck, former councillor and local resident Leslie Scott and Area Response manager Bill Blackett.

Coun Stuart Porthouse, right, replanting the land beside Ivy House, East Herrington, as part of the Love Where You Live Campaign with left to right; ward Team Leader Neil Birbeck, former councillor and local resident Leslie Scott and Area Response manager Bill Blackett.

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A COMMUNITY garden has been given another chance to grow.

East Herrington Primary School pupils’ community garden has been given a makeover.

Last year’s severe weather prevented the plants from growing, so Councillor Stuart Porthouse and members of the community gave up their time to give the green space a second go.

“It was unfortunate the seeds planted last year did not all germinate,” said Coun Porthouse, who represents the St Chad’s ward on the city council.

Now, with help from the authority’s Area Response Team, the group have replanted wild flower seeds in the wasteland close to the school and nearby houses.

Coun Porthouse added: “We do have a plaque inscribed by the pupils of East Herrington Primary School, which will be erected shortly, reminding everyone of the children’s ideas to help the Love Where You Live campaign.” The programme aims to turn “barren pieces of council-owned land look colourful and help birds and butterflies,” Coun Porthouse said.

He paid tribute to former councillor and Mayor of Sunderland Les Scott, who provided the workers with a large number of plants he has grown to put into the plot.

He said: “With the help of public-spirited people like Les Scott, we should be able to achieve our ambition.

“I am eager to hear from anyone in the ward who may have ideas to help and promote the Love Where You Live campaign.”

Events already held as part of the clean up have been given the support of retailers and landlords as well as residents.