Generous Bangladeshis Help West End Park for Eid

Generous Bangladeshis in Newcastle’s West End have dug into their pockets to help improve a local park.

After gathering to mark the Muslim religious ceremony of Eid on Newcastle’s Nuns Moor in Arthur’s Hill today, the Bangladeshis contributed £482.13p to a collection organised by the local residents’ led Greening Wingrove Community Interest Company.

Local Wingrove Councillor, Nigel Todd, who also chairs the Greening Wingrove CIC, said: ‘The collection will be used to support a new volunteers’ group to help with planting and other improvements in the Nuns Moor Park.  The Park is a local treasure, but due to cuts does need additional care and attention.

We recently held a public meeting about the future of Nuns Moor Park where there was interest in forming something like a ‘Friends of Nuns Moor Park’ again.  This could enable a range of organised volunteering activities such as planting, growing and supporting wildlife environments in the Park, as well as public events. 

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The Newcastle Bangladeshi Association kindly and readily agreed to help fund raise for a Friends group to buy essentials like tools, gloves, waterproofs, seeds, plants, disability adaptations, training programmes and so on.  Not all of these items can be covered by Greening Wingrove’s Big Lottery funding.’

Mr. Matab Miah, President of the Newcastle Bangladeshi Association, said: ‘We were very pleased to help. The Park is important to all the local communities, and it is a strong principle of Islam to give to help the lives of others.’

Greening Wingrove has been working in the Nuns Moor Park to develop a community garden and orchard.  It has restored a fire damaged and abandoned pavilion that is increasingly used for local social and educational events for children and adults.