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Pupils start work to improve waterlogged ground in Green Lane play area, Barnard Castle
SCHOOL children dug deep to start work on improving a soggy play area.
Pupils from Green Lane Primary, in Barnard Castle, began a tree-planting project at the nearby play area in an effort to counteract waterlogging which affects the lower half of the land.
Also lending a helping hand was Barnard Castle mayor, Councillor Frank Harrison.
The tree planting event will continue on Saturday, March 2, when anyone interested in helping is welcome to go along to the Green Lane play area between 10am and 2pm.
All trees, tools and gloves will be provided, while those taking part are asked to turn up in warm, old clothes and suitable footwear.
All ages are welcome, although children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The event is being organised by Barnard Castle Town Council, Groundwork North East and the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership.
A Barnard Castle Town Council spokesman said: “Part of Green Lane play area is prone to waterlogging and will benefit from the planting of appropriate tree species.
“This will create a small community copse which will, in time, create a natural adventure play area.”
Funding is from the Big Tree Plant, a national campaign to encourage more tree planting in England's towns.
The Barnard Castle event is also one of a series being held by Groundwork and the Heart of Teesdale to plant 12,000 trees across the area.