MEN in an east Durham village have been provided with a shed to meet in and socialise.

Wingate Residents Association, supported by East Durham Homes and East Durham Trust recently launched a ‘men in shed’ project next to Gully House in Wingate.

The group wanted to start growing their own fruit and vegetables so contacted Morrison Facilities Services for help. Morrison agreed to build planters for them and was provided with building materials free from Travis Perkins.

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Morrison joiners Graham Browell and Billy Groves volunteered to build the planters.

Lena Devine, of Wingate Residents Association, said: “The group are very pleased with the planters and they are really keen to start planting as soon as possible.

“They will certainly make good use of the planters and hope to provide home grown fresh products to local residents.”

Peter Eldrett, East Durham Homes customer involvement manager, said: "This is a great example of our community involvement and partnership with Morrison Facilities Service. “This has made a major difference not only to the local resident group but will also benefit the wider community."