Framwellgate School students win certificates for Durham park revamp work

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PUPILS who helped plant part of a park set for a multimillion revamp have been recognised for their work.

Students from Framwellgate School helped transform Wharton Park in Durham over the past nine months and have received special certificates as a reward.

A £3million plan to further improve and restore the park, just outside the outskirts of Durham, has been submitted to the Parks for People Programme, with a decision expected from the Heritage Lottery Fund and BIG Lottery Fund in December.

The 20 youngsters, in partnership with Durham County Council, Friends of Wharton Park and the local community, improved the area around the putting green with replanting and a new path.

The work was part of the Haggrid project, a joint scheme by Durham Police and the Durham Agency Against Crime (DAAT) to promote personal development and learning through horticultural, environmental and community skills.

They were presented with their certificates from Councillor Maria Plews, the council’s cabinet member for libraries and lifelong learning, and Gary Ridley, assistant chief officer of Durham Police, at the DLI Museum.

The presentation was followed by a walk around the park.