Grants will help train volunteers to maintain planting

Pallion Traders group, with chair Richard Downey back row, second right
Pallion Traders group, with chair Richard Downey back row, second right

A group of Sunderland traders has joined together to improve the local shopping area with planting in order to attract shoppers and boost business.

The Pallion Traders group has used three £500 grants from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Greening Grey Britain project, housing association Gentoo’s environmental improvement project and nearby New Wear River Crossing contractor Farrans Victor Buyck Joint Venture. It is also supported by local councillors.

Neglected flowerbeds and street planters around the area around St Luke’s Terrace have been replanted and enhanced. Local volunteers will receive RHS-accredited training so that they will be able to take on responsibility for the local flora and fauna, tending the flower beds, planters and hanging baskets, and planting trees.

Chair of the Pallion Traders, Richard Downey, said: ‘We want to keep improving the area for people who live here and shop here. Hopefully this new partnership project will attract even more residents and visitors to the shops and businesses along St Luke’s Terrace and boost the local economy.

‘Working together we’ve done a lot to make environmental improvements to this area, and have big plans to continue that process.’

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