Name for housing development chosen by pupil

The Northern Echo: Pupil Paisley Eldridge, aged 11, with Keepmoat Area Director Lee Francis at the new Silver Tree Gardens development. Pupil Paisley Eldridge, aged 11, with Keepmoat Area Director Lee Francis at the new Silver Tree Gardens development.

A PRIMARY school pupil has been chosen to name a new housing development in her village.

Children from Silver Tree Primary School, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham, were set the challenge by housing company, Keepmoat.

The organisation has just completed an older persons’ accommodation scheme on behalf of social housing provider Housing Hartlepool, in Skippers Meadow, Ushaw Moor.

Before work on the development began, staff from Keepmoat visited the school to talk to the children and highlighted the dangers of playing on building sites.

The Hebburn-based firm joined the children, aged between four and 11-years-old, at their daily assembly, showed them an interactive DVD and invited them to think of a new name for the development.

Paisley Eldridge was the lucky winner with her chosen name of Silver Tree Gardens.

The 11-year-old was presented with gift vouchers by Keepmoat staff during a special ceremony held earlier this month.

She was also presented with a plaque, which will be placed in the school’s garden alongside a Silver Birch tree planted to mark the new development.

Paisley said: “I was really pleased that my name was selected and that I was able to plant the tree in the school garden.

"When me and my friends are older we can go back and see how it has grown and be really proud of it.”

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