Pupils help create community forest in Hartlepool

More than 1,400 trees are being planted in Hartlepool in an effort to create a new community woodland area.

The project will see trees planted on land stretching from the Phoenix Centre in Hindpool Close to Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club in West View Road.

Hartlepool Council has developed the scheme with Groundwork North East, with funding from the Forestry Commission.

Pupils from St Bega's and St Helen's primary schools have been among those involved in the planting.

Deborah Jefferson, countryside officer with Hartlepool Council, said: "The new woodland has the potential to really enhance the local area.

"It will create a tranquil place where people will be able to relax and it will provide areas for recreation and exercise.

"It will help to attract wildlife such as birds, insects and small mammals, and will also be a valuable educational resource benefiting local schools."

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