Beekeeping classes, cycling and youth activities will benefit

Members of the Friends of Southwick Park

The Friends of Thompson Park in Southwick, Sunderland has been awarded £50,000 from the North Area Committee of Sunderland City Council. The aim is to build on the success of a recently opened community hub and café and horticultural training garden centre.

The funding will help deliver a programme of activities in the park and across Southwick, including educational and environmental projects, bee-keeping courses, cycling, youth activities and events, luncheon clubs, crafts and memory activities.

As part of this, plans will be developed to assist with the park’s maintenance and security arrangements, acknowledging the park’s position as an important community asset.

Councillor Denny Wilson, Chairman of Sunderland City Council’s North Area Committee, said: ‘The funding will help the Friends of Thompson Park continue to make a difference right across Southwick with the park being at the hub of this activity.’

The Friends of Thompson Park is a partnership made up of local ward councillors, local residents, Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project, Sunderland Young People’s Project, Carers Centre, Sunderland Home Grown, Eden Project, Bowls Group, Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue and Southwick Neighbourhood Watch.

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