December 2010 A project was delivered by children in Grangetown, Redcar & Cleveland to improve a garden of the local library a central meeting place for all the communtiy.
The Grangetown Library garden project gave local young people the opportunity to consult and work with local residents, give something back to the community and have an area they could be proud of and want to spend time that incorporated their ideas.
Young people planned, delivered and evaluated the project from start to finish, they applied for funding through ‘The Princes Trust’ and were successful in gaining £1700 to help with the project. The garden continues to be maintained by the young people of Grangetown and enjoyed by all the community.
The success of the garden project was truly brought to light through the winning of a Keep Britain Tidy Award. The hard work and dedication of the young people and everyone who took part in the project has been justly recognised by the acquisition of the North East and Humber regional Keep Britain Tidy Award. The two young people who travelled to Bournemouth to collect the award explained how fantastic the awards evening was and that they had a brilliant time whilst they where there. The group of young people who took part in the project described how positively it had impacted on their lives and that they would love to be involved in further Community Space Challenge Projects in the future. A group of young people from the the east cleveland area have been working hard in partnership with the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust to complete an educational DVD of the local wildlife. The young people have researched the different types of wildlife in their local area and have now got some footage of this wildlife in its natural environment, and in urban areas aswell. The young people want to educate the local community on the types of wildlife that live in their area. The Garden of Eden mural project was created, desinged and completed by the young people of the Eden Hall estate in Redcar. The idea was brought about by the residents explaining how they thought the underpass was dark, dingy and unwelcoming. The young people put to the local council that they thought the underpass needed brightening up. The council and the neighbourhood team thought this was a great idea and gave the go ahead. So the young people, along with some local art students, completed a fantastic bright mural in the underpass. The mural has gained alot of praise from the community. Local residents have explained how they love walking through the bright and inviting underpass now. A group of young people from the Dormanstown area decided that the loacl square, a central meeting place of the community, was becoming untidy and the residents had began to notice. The young people put a plan of action togehter and completed a full clean up of the square, removing all the waste and graffiti from the area. Local residents and shop owners spoke about how they think the square is much cleaner and more welcoming now. The young people have well and truly got back into the CSC swing of things. They have agreed a fantasic regeneration project with the council, local housing association and many local residents. An old fishing boat was being scrapped, so the young people came up with the idea to save the boat by turning it into a great new communal seating area for the public to enjoy. They have begun to sand, saw, nail and paint there way throught the project and soon it will be wonderful finished article.