Secret garden

Pond dipping at the new  Secret Garden in Falmouth Road, Pallion, are Thomas Cunningham (7) (left) and Erin Mackenzie (6) both of South Hylton.
Pond dipping at the new Secret Garden in Falmouth Road, Pallion, are Thomas Cunningham (7) (left) and Erin Mackenzie (6) both of South Hylton.
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WASTELAND has been transformed into a secret oasis.

Pallion Action Group bought the land, at Falmouth Road, from Gentoo and turned it into a garden space for all within a year.

“It’s just giving the community a little bit of nature,” said community development worker Karen Wood.

“It’s a free way for people to get involved with the environment and share skills with different generations.”

Pallion Action Group worked with environmental development organisation Ceed, which obtained funding for the £31,000 project through Natural England and the National Lottery.

Ceed project officer Nathan Hopkins said that: “Green space has a direct effect on social behaviour in an area, but we’re not just building a footpath into a garden, we’re getting the community involved.

“We had people old and young developing their skills and getting educated about nature whilst they worked on creating a community space.”

Reece Fullard, 18, from Town End Farm, who got involved through youth volunteer organisation V, said: “It’s good to do volunteering and getting to meet people.”

Brian Watson, of V in Sunderland, said: “We want to get young people involved in their own communities, to give them some experience.

“The result is absolutely brilliant, a lot of people have worked really hard on it.”