Can you spruce up historic Houghton park?

Joyce Dixon and Shiela Ellis join Friends of Rectory Park in Houghton to clean up the old Wardens office as part of the Love where you Live campaign.
Joyce Dixon and Shiela Ellis join Friends of Rectory Park in Houghton to clean up the old Wardens office as part of the Love where you Live campaign.
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A HELPING hand is needed to support workers who plan to spruce up a Wearside park.

Friends of Rectory Park in Houghton have recently acquired the old warden’s office and have spent weeks fixing it up as part of the Love Where You Live campaign.

The group plan to use the office as their base in order to carry out monthly litter picks in the park.

They are also looking for people to donate plants, seeds and bulbs to give the park more colour.

Group treasurer Edith Corney said: “The warden’s office already looks a lot better.

“We’ve scrubbed all the walls and the toilet and the fridge that had things growing inside of it.

“It really was disgusting but it’s getting there. We’re going to go in once a month and do litter picks around the park and try to tidy it up a bit. What it really needs is a bit of colour.

“If anyone has any bulbs or seeds they’d like to donate it would be much appreciated because it would really help us to make the park look better.”

The group are looking for more volunteers to join their growing force.

Mrs Corney added: “We’re just a bunch of volunteers but we have fun working together on the park.

“It’s a shame that it keeps being vandalised because it’s one of the oldest parks in the country.

“If anyone else wants to join us they’re more than welcome.”

Les Clark, Sunderland City Council’s head of street scene, said: “We have arranged for the Friends of Rectory Park to use the old park warden office to store litter pickers and make a cup of tea when doing volunteer work in the park.

“Their contribution is much appreciated, and we are happy to support their efforts.

“The group has made a number of successful bids for funding from the Coafield Area Committee and has used this money to help improve the park.”

Anyone who would like to join or donate some supplies, should contact Mrs Corney on 584 3629.

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