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Volunteers restore Sunderland miners’ memorial garden

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A MEMORIAL garden dedicated to 119 miners who died at Ryhope Colliery has been transformed.

Volunteers have been working together to improve their neighbourhoods with the help of Love Where You Live – a scheme encouraging residents to spruce up their communities.

As part of the project, a Miners’ Memorial Garden in Ryhope, which had become badly overgrown, was restored to its former glory.

Seasonal shrubbery was also planted and volunteers worked to keep it easy to maintain for future generations to visit.

One of the volunteers on the day was Gentoo neighbourhood manager Ann Donkin.

She said: “The organisation originally responsible for the memorial garden no longer exists, so it was very overgrown. Bushes were trimmed back, weeds removed and planting was put in to the front garden to brighten it up. It feels great to have made a positive impact on neighbourhoods throughout Sunderland.Well done to everyone for all their hard work.”

With help from volunteers, social business Gentoo, Sunderland City Council and the generosity of local business people, events were held all over the city to mark Love Where you Live.

Bags of litter were removed, fences and railing repainted, gardens weeded and shrubbery and flowers replanted. Community gardens have also been revamped to allow people to grow their own produce, hold community events or just have a place to relax.

The miners’ garden is on the site of the former colliery miners’ union office in Ryhope Street South.

 

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