Pitching In To Make Darlington Even Better

5th May 2022
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We think Darlington is a brilliant place, but there is always room for improvement. It is brilliant to see local people pitch in and positively impact the local area.

Going green is an essential part of life these days, and a modest piece of Darlington will look better thanks to the planting of 70 trees recently.

This work is part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, and pupils from West Park Academy helped plant the trees at Burtree Garden Village. The Hellens Group is behind the development, and it isn't the only project of its kind locally.

As part of the Green Canopy project, close to 3,500 trees will be added to the borough. The same activity takes place across the country as part of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.

Kate Hellens is the managing director at Hellens Residential, and she spoke to the Northern Echo, saying; “With the help of the year 6 children from West Park Academy, we planted 70 trees to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Queen’s Green Canopy Project encourages everyone in the UK to plant a tree for the Jubilee. The children helped us plant the trees while learning about the environment and how important it is to think sustainably to benefit future generations. We’re so glad that the Rotary Club has decided to support us in this venture. It’s very important to get the community involved in projects such as this right at the start. Hellens has big plans that as part of the Burtree Garden Village we hope to develop a large arboretum for the North of England, and planting for the Queen’s Jubilee marks the start of this.”

The President of the Darlington Rotary Club, Peter Philips also spoke about the project to the Northern Echo, saying; “We are pleased to get involved with the garden village project to contribute to the green spaces on development.”

This isn’t the only bit of community spirit which is brightening up the local area. There is a “Hit Squad” in Darlington, making the area a brighter place.

People from the Darlington Rotary are on hand to improve spaces, and have carried out a lot of work lately, including:

  • Tidying gardens and churchyards
  • Making care homes look nicer
  • Improving the appearance of a children’s nursery
  • Taking care of pathways and overgrown spaces which are often overlooked

Hit Squad leader Alan Cowie spoke to the Northern Echo, saying; “People may find themselves unable to cope or do the work themselves because of ill health, bereavement or lack of funding. They may be shy or embarrassed or just don’t know where to go to ask for help, which is where we come in. People may also have a friend or relative who is struggling, and would welcome some company and support to get things done. We are a group of enthusiastic and cheerful individuals that have been helping people for some years, and we’d like to spread the word and help more deserving individuals and organisations in the area.”

This is a free service, but anyone who benefits from the work can donate to the Rotary charity fund. Also, please note that all project requests are reviewed to ensure the work benefits the local community.

We love that there is so much going on in Darlington and that so many people want to make the area more appealing.

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