Local communities dig in to improve North Ormesby

Neighbourhoods in Middlesbrough will be that bit greener next spring thanks to the efforts of residents and staff from Thirteen.

North Ormesby Alley Gardens Web

16 Nov 2021

To brighten up a number of back alleys in North Ormesby, Thirteen has been encouraging local people in the area to help make the areas a nicer, more attractive place to live.

One back alley near North Ormesby’s market place has just received a makeover thanks to the help of local residents Tracy Chinnery and Jan Ryles. They came along to spend the day installing new planters, removing weeds, and planting seeds and bulbs ready for spring 2022.

Lyndsey Coe, neighbourhood development manager at Thirteen, said: “We’ve been talking to people in the area about what they think will improve their neighbourhood.

“People said that the environment was a big issue and they’d like to have more places to meet their neighbours, do some gardening or just sit and enjoy during the summer months.

“As part of a joint initiative with Middlesbrough Council which has also seen a number of empty homes brought back into use in the local area, we’ve used funding to purchase timber, soil, paint, seeds and bulbs to help create some attractive community spaces in the alleys behind people’s homes.

“We can’t do this alone though, so it’s been really great to see people get involved and help improve areas right at the heart of the neighbourhood.

“We’re working on a number of projects in North Ormesby and this is one of the schemes that’s really being boosted by the help of people living in the community.”

Over the next few weeks, staff from Thirteen will be working to smarten-up other alleyways in North Ormesby.

If you live or work in the area and would like to get involved, or would like any more details about the project, email community.resilience@thirteengroup.co.uk