PCC Barry Coppinger with the Police Cadtes at Saltburn Valley Gardens
Cleveland Police cadets have assisted with embedding new plants at Saltburn Valley Gardens after vandals damaged and stole them.
Funding for the plants was awarded to Saltburn Friends of Valley Gardens and the green-fingered cadets kindly offered to help plant them.
The cadets dedicated their own time on the evening of Tuesday 16 June, to embed the new plants alongside Ingrid Salomonsen, Secretary of Saltburn Friends of Valley Gardens, that manage an area of the gardens under lease from the local authority.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: "It is great to see the cadets working alongside members of the local community to make the area a better place. Their support to local residents and their community spirit should be applauded."
Detective Constable Simon Whitlock, who dedicates his time as a cadet volunteer, said: "This has been a good exercise for the cadets to be involved in. It will have a lasting effect within the community and give the cadets a great sense of achievement.
"Following some recent acts of vandalism at Saltburn Valley Gardens, it is good for us to be able to show that it is the actions of only a minority of youngsters who give others a bad name and we hope that the new plants provide some pleasure to the local community."
Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, Ingrid thanked Simon and the cadets for their generosity and hard work: "We had an enjoyable evening and have already had several compliments from visitors to the Gardens, and your help is much appreciated."
Posted on Friday 19th June 2015