The project, which is initiated by the Target North Hirst Tenant
and Resident Group, Northumberland College and Northumberland
County Council, centred on the residential gardens in Katherine
Street and Portia Street, Ashington.
Twenty joinery, highways, painting and decorating and
horticulture students, from the college's Ashington and Kirkley
Hall campuses, used the skills they developed on their courses to
tidy up the gardens and carry out basic repairs to fencing and
Target North Hirst wanted the gardens of the two selected streets
to be held up as the 'North Hirst Standard', to encourage the other
streets in the area to get on board.
Mark Rossi, Enterprise Co-ordinator at Northumberland College,
said "It was a great opportunity for our students to use their
skills in the community. The students engaged positively with local
residents and volunteers, showing enthusiasm and commitment."
Carol Brown, Chair of Target North Hirst said: "It was fantastic
that the staff and students from Northumberland College helped us
in this way. We are passionate about improving our community, but
we need help if we are going to achieve our aim of bringing back
the pride in The Hirst. It's great to know that we can work in this
way with such an important organisation in our community."
The rolling programme will take place numerous times during the
year, with the next stage expected to happen in early spring.
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