Beehive Community Crew step into action…..
The Beehive Community Crew started their summer holidays with a plan to do good deeds and help out in and around Berwick. This included a variety of activities such as weeding and tidying in Prior Park, Coronation Park, Woolmarket and in a local resident’s garden. About 30 bin bags full of weeds and rubbish were collected. New planters, hedgerows and trees were also added to green areas in Prior Park, Barley Rise and Brickfield Lodge. Pothole-filling on Holy Island was a big challenge, with nearly four tonnes of hardcore used to fill and repair a well-used pathway, while litter picking on Cocklawburn beach and the surrounding sand dunes saw many bags of rubbish, fishing nets and glass removed from the area. Railings near Budle Bay were sanded and prepared for painting and bird boxes were also made and given out to local residents and schools.
It’s been a massively rewarding summer programme for our young people and the youth work team at the Beehive to see our young people active within our community and challenging themselves to do something meaningful with their time off school. Thanks go to David Sugget, from Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership, who offered some interesting challenges; to Berwick parks manager Kate Morison; and to Gillian Buchan, Sandra Anderson and Alex Wood, from Bernicia, who suggested locations and provided materials. Gillian Buchan, customer engagement officer at Bernicia, said: “Bernicia’s Community Development Fund is designed to help transform the local area so we were only too happy to get involved in this extremely worthwhile project. We hope that everyone involved gained a great deal from the three week programme.” Bernicia also funded Groundwork North East to come to the Beehive and show us how to make bird boxes and to teach us a little about the wildlife than may use them.