Showing blooming good spirit!
Dozens of local residents took to the streets of Bedlington this week, with compost and trowels in tow, in response to a community call for help.
Volunteers including young people, community groups, local councillors, residents and the Police responded to a call to restore planters and hanging baskets, which have recently been damaged by vandals, outside St Cuthbert’s Catholic Church.
The plea for help came from the Bedlington in Bloom group, who were “humbled” by the support from the local community.
Brenda Dalton, secretary for the group, said: “We appreciate the help of the local community greatly and we really feel supported.”
“We have put a lot of work into this – from nurturing the plants up to planting – and we are quite humbled by the response that we have had today.”
“It is very important that all of the various community groups work together as a team because we all have the same vision for Bedlington – we are a very proud community.”
Amongst those present at the replanting were a number of Youth Ambassadors, who are a group of dedicated young volunteers aged 13-18 from local Bedlington-based charity Leading Link.
Youth Ambassador Lydia Barrass, 17, said: “At the end of the day, this is our hometown and with everything else going on, we want Bedlington to be looking lovely.”
“It really is a lovely place to live and to see the whole community – young and old - coming together like this is really important – it is very touching.”
Leading Link sent out a plea for support for the Bedlington in Bloom venture, to young people and their families through its social media channels.
Local resident Katie Jamieson saw the request on the charity’s Facebook page and came down to support the action with her two children.
She said: "Both of my children attend Whitley Memorial First School, and the school has very good links with St Cuthbert’s Church.”
“They are both really passionate about it and really wanted to help out. My daughter Hannah was even supposed to be at dancing this afternoon but I gave her the choice about where she wanted to be and she chose here.”
The judging of the Bedlington in Bloom group by the Northumbria in Bloom committee is set to take place later in the summer.
Photo by Matthew Fenwick.