£2k grant is a blooming great boost.

Waverley Terrace Allotment Association members and Hartlepool College of Further Education students (rear left to right) Julie Foreman, Teresa Devonport, Demi Parvin, Ste Brant, (front left to right) Paul Stockton, John Readman, James Elener and Kieran Marshall as they plant new trees.

AN allotment used by various sections of the community has received a blooming great boost.

Waverley Terrace Allotments, a constituted group overseen by Hartlepool Borough Council, has been awarded £2,000 from the Limestone Landscapes project.

Groundwork North East staff including Natalie Connor helped the group, which works with pupils from Rift House Primary, Kingsley Primary and Springwell School, as well as students from Hartlepool College of Further Education and people with physical or learning disabilities, to secure the funding.

The money comes from a £1.9m Heritage Lottery Fund scheme earmarked for projects linked to biodiversity, geodiversity, cultural heritage and the historic environment over the next three years.

The money will be used to buy “farm hedging packs” which include honeysuckle and crab apple and will see local school children and students help to plant 1,600 flowers including honeysuckle and crab apple to brighten up the borders of the site.

The group was given further money from the council for secure steel fencing around the site and the plants will brighten up the edges.

Darran Hutchinson, team co-ordinator for the council, said: “This will put some colour to the boundaries.

“In 18 months to two years they will all start blooming.”

He thanked Leah Remington from Groundwork North East for nominating the project for the funding which allowed the scheme to happen.

Darran added: “If we hadn’t got this funding then we would not have been able to go ahead with the project.

“Before we got the money this was something we were looking into doing and we were trying to work finances out and asking ‘could we afford it?’

“But this has helped towards doing that.

“It’s £2,000 initially, but we are hoping to hear if we are eligible for a further grant.”

The group, which was set up eight years ago, won Pride of Hartlepool Awards in 2011 and 2013, as well as a Pride in Your Neighbourhoods Award. Waverley Terrace Allotments have also been nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2015.