Community project to restore Tees river bank beauty spot

Volunteer Anne Lambton and head gardener at Middleton Hall Dean Lazenby, pictured back from left David Richardson, head of operations at Middleton Hall, and managing director Jeremy Walford

Volunteer Anne Lambton and head gardener at Middleton Hall Dean Lazenby, pictured back from left David Richardson, head of operations at Middleton Hall, and managing director Jeremy Walford

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Darlington reporter

A COMMUNITY project to improve a beauty spot overlooking the River Tees has received support from a local retirement village.

The Front at Middleton One Row has been transformed over the last year, with volunteers from a friends group working to clear away overgrowth and make the site accessible for visitors.

Although there is still work to be done following biodiversity and wildlife studies, a seating area overlooking the riverfront has now been created on the top of a former derelict toilet block.

Two benches, made from recycled materials, and a large flower tub to complete the seating area were donated by Middleton Hall, a nearby retirement village.

Jeremy Walford, managing director of Middleton Hall, said: “We are very much a part of Middleton One Row and the community here so we felt that we wanted to do something to contribute to the project.

“It’s a fantastic spot overlooking the river and these benches are just a little something for the village.”

Anne Lambton, a Friends volunteer, who helped to plant up the flower tub, said: “We’ve been working on the project for about a year now and it looks beautiful at the moment with the daffodils coming out.

“It’s a brilliant donation from the retirement hall, all we had to do was add some flowers.”

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