ACORN Community Association are excited to reveal that we have been chosen as winners of Best Community Garden in a competition organised by livin. ACORN have been entrants of the competition for some years now and have always received recognition for our efforts by the public and by the social housing group. Along with certificates, Acorn have been presented with a £100 voucher for B & Q which will help us in our future endeavours.

ACORN began the Community Garden project in response to complaints about vehicles driving on grassed areas where children play and as a deterrent to inconsiderate motorists marking the grassed areas alongside the local roads making the area look unloved. With the support of the National Lottery we were able to purchase half tubs and local people volunteered to look after them. To date we have 30 tubs scattered around the Silkin Way, Priestman Road, Marshal Road, Stead Close, Lilburn Crescent, Lightfoot Road and Faulkner Road areas looked after by 15 volunteers who compete to make the best display. Daffodils and shrubs have also been planted in the area to enhance the already beautiful vista.

Previously we have had support from livin who have helped us to purchase a cordless strimmer which is invaluable in tidying the areas around the displays and we have also received support from Durham County Council to buy more tubs to solve a specific problem on Silkin Way.

Due to recent Covid 19 restrictions ACORN have not been able to carry out many of the events and trips which we had planned for this year but hope to return to normal activities as soon as possible.

Anyone wishing to join us in our projects should contact us by calling Ken on 01325 321471

Ken Robson (Chair)

ACORN Community Association