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Gentoo: Miners Memorial Garden Transformed


Published by LauraMcKinlay for Gentoo Group in Communities and also in Care and Support, Environment

Ann Donkin (Right) with her team Ann Donkin (Right) with her team

Sunderland communities have been working together to improve their neighbourhoods with the help of ‘Love Where You Live’ – a project encouraging people to make where they live, work and play the kind of place they really want it to be.

One of the highlights included the regeneration of a Miners Memorial Garden in Ryhope, Sunderland, which had become badly overgrown. Back-breaking work went into restoring the garden to its former glory to make it a place for people to reflect. Seasonal shrubbery was planted and volunteers worked to keep it easy to maintain for future generations to visit.

One of the volunteers on the day was Gentoo Neighbourhood Manager, Ann Donkin. She said: “The organisation originally responsible for the Memorial Garden no longer exists so it was very overgrown. Bushes were trimmed back, weeds removed and planting was put in to the front garden to brighten it up. It feels great to have made a positive impact on neighbourhoods throughout Sunderland. Well done to everyone for all their hard work!”

With help from volunteers, social business Gentoo, Sunderland City Council and the generosity of local business people, events were held all over the city to mark ‘Love Where you Live’. Bags of litter were removed, fences and railing repainted, gardens weeded and shrubbery and flowers replanted. Community gardens have also been revamped to allow people to grow their own produce, hold community events or just have a place to relax in the fresh air.

Gentoo Group’s whole ethos is about believing nothing is impossible and finding new ways to challenge conventions, Gentoo aims to make society a better place to live and to make a real difference to the way people live their life. To find out more about Gentoo, visit for more information or follow @gentoogroup on Twitter.


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