The main organiser, Doreen Morton, leafleted all 300 residences in the locality to encourage other residents to get involved in tidying up their estate. The area of particular concern was the grass verges which had overgrown onto the footpaths as much as 12 to 18 inches.
Doreen Morton said: “Edging the overgrown grass verges was a mammoth task, much harder than I anticipated but the improvement is immense and I have received many positive comments.
“Along with fellow residents we have filled around 1,500 bags with excess turf. We have had tremendous support from Anthony Bell and team in neighbourhood services in removing bags almost daily.
“My intention now is to keep these straight lines so it does not get so out of hand again, hopefully with support from residents who have offered to do their own frontages.”
Councillor Alan Thompson said: “It is admirable to see the residents taking action to improve their community, particularly Doreen who has been instrumental to the success of the project.”
“This is an excellent example of the LOVE Northumberland campaign, communities working together to improve their local area.”
Local Councillor Barrie Crowther said: “The improvement in the area is remarkable thanks to the hard work of the residents and the council’s local neighbourhood environmental action team.
"I am sure we are all aware that resources are stretched, and getting more so, and it is only by communities working together with the council that we can continue to make a difference.
“We would very much welcome what has happened Parkside happening more frequently throughout Cramlington and the rest of the County.”
The council was so impressed with the drive and initiative shown by Doreen and her fellow residents that they awarded her a LOVE Northumberland certificate.
The certificates are awarded for outstanding effort in support of LOVE Northumberland – a campaign that sees the council working with residents and partner organisations to preserve and enhance the environment of Northumberland.