New blooms bring fresh life to Newton Aycliffe park

The Advertiser Series: Christian Whitfield, five, and his brother Ben, seven, lead the bulb planting session at West Park in Newton Aycliffe Christian Whitfield, five, and his brother Ben, seven, lead the bulb planting session at West Park in Newton Aycliffe

A TOWN park will soon be bursting with colour thanks to the efforts of green-fingered youngsters.

Great Aycliffe Youth Council and members of Acle Scouts and Clubs joined forces with volunteers from The Friends of West Park in Newton Aycliffe to plant bulbs at the popular recreation space.

Konrad Szymanski, chairman of Great Aycliffe Youth Council, said: “Last year, we ran the Fun in the Park events at Town Park and they were really popular.

"This year, we decided to turn our attention to improving a different park.

“West Park has so much potential to become a really beautiful place and that is what we hope to achieve.”

The Youth Council, which is made up of young people aged 11 to 19-years-old, used £1,000 of its annual budget to buy 4,000 bulbs, including daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells.

DIY store B&Q also made a contribution through its association with the Scouts.

The Friends of West Park is a community group, which was set up earlier this year to revitalise the much-loved amenity.

Chairman Ken Robson said he was thrilled younger residents were supporting the campaign.

“I am very encouraged by the response we have had to our little project,” he said.

“We have so many ideas on how to improve the park to ensure it continues to be a wonderful place for the community to enjoy.”

For more information, search for The Friends of West Park in Newton Aycliffe on Facebook.

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