Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, met volunteers working hard on a new community garden at the Fulforth Centre in Sacriston.
The garden has been funded by partners including Sacriston Parish Council, local County Councillors Heather Liddle and Simon Wilson, Sacriston Development Group and Persimmon Homes. Materials have also been donated by Jewsons.
The project includes raised beds for fruit and vegetables and a poly-tunnel, and local school children and Guides will also be helping out on the new allotment. The produce will be used in the Centre for community meals and for home-made conserves.
Sacriston has achieved two Silver Gilt awards in the Northumbria in Bloom competition, and the new facilities will help the village to aim even higher.
Kevan said :
“Gardening is a great way for people to get outside, and this project has really brought the community together.
I called in during National Volunteers Week, and was very impressed by the commitment and dedication of the volunteers who have done the work on this garden.”