Fun day to celebrate the opening of the Salters Community Garden in Darlington (From The Northern Echo)
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Fun day to celebrate the opening of the Salters Community Garden in Darlington
SUPPORTERS of a community garden enjoyed a family fun day this weekend to celebrate its completion.
Salters Garden Association transformed a patch of derelict land where the former Beaumont Hill School once stood, off Salters Lane North, Darlington, into a public space for local people after winning funding from the Green Spaces Lottery Fund.
The site features wooden sculptures featuring scenes from Darlington’s history, which were carved by artist Tommy Craggs, with design help from children at Northwood Primary School.
Among the carvings are a relief image of a salter with his mule, where the road Salters Lane gets its name, and a carving of wing from the Darlington Spitfire, named for the town after fundraising by local people during the war.
The project was supported by members of Groundwork and volunteers from Cummins, who helped to build raised beds and plant a sensory garden.
The fun day featured a bouncy castle and face painting for children and saw the official opening of the garden by Mayor Charles Johnson.
Councillor Majory Knowles, ward member for Harrowgate Hill, said: “It was a wonderful day to mark the completion of the community garden.
“People are really looking after it and the children are looking after it too, even though they haven’t been told to, which is wonderful.”
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