Local children as part of the community have come together to help with a small project to provide some much needed spring colour to West Park. As part of a partnership between Livin Housing Association and Durham County Council 5000 crocus bulbs and six standard flowering cherry trees were donated to Great Aycliffe Town Council.
Great Aycliffe Town Council have provided an additional 8000 crocus bulbs and further native species such as snowdrops and bluebells which have been planted around the park. They will also be planting further additional trees in the area to complement this task in the coming months.
The Friends of West Park and members of the public helped during a series of planting sessions with children from the House of Eden Nursery – Stephenson Way, and both Stephenson Way Nursery and Primary School coming along to help.
Great Aycliffe Town Councils’ Environment Officer Steve Cooper said “This small project has shown that by everyone working together really positive things can be achieved. The donation from Livin and Durham County Council will significantly enhance the already considerable effort that Great Aycliffe Town Council have provided and will produce some much needed early spring colour in 2014.”
He added ”I hope that all the children who have been involved with the planting will bring their families to West Park to proudly show them what they have been involved with in the spring – the blossom of the flowering cherry is quite early, and so should complement the bulbs nicely”.

steve cooper