Planting brings colour to Ockendon

THE first Friday (15 April) of the Easter break was a fun and colourful one for young people living in Peartree Close, South Ockendon.

Hard work by residents, supported by Thurrock Council and the Veolia Mardyke Trust, meant the day was devoted to bedding plants outside one of the blocks.

Council tenant Tony Houston has been leading the campaign to brighten up the area and joined Thurrock Council workers and representatives of the trust to put the finishing touches to the planting.

He said: “I was made redundant and took early retirement two years ago and was looking for something to do. There are a lot of young mums and young children here and we wanted the play area and to brighten the whole area up.

“Veolia financed the play area and helped with funds for the planter too and I’d also like to thank the council for helping with the plants today, it’ll be great to watch the children see the plants grow and flower.”

Thurrock Council worked with residents and raised planters have been installed and flowers were supplied from the horticulture team.

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