Cash boost to help Brierdene group

Laura Kingston from Story Homes presents �500 to the Friends of Brierdene.
Picture by Jane Coltman
Laura Kingston from Story Homes presents �500 to the Friends of Brierdene. Picture by Jane Coltman
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An organisation helping look after a popular open space have received a cash boost.

The Friends of Brierdene have received £500 from Story Homes, who are busy building 180 new homes in nearby Backworth.

The group helps maintain and look after the dene, which stretches from The Links to Whitley Bay Golf Club.

They organise a regular clean-ups and maintenance work, as well as initiatives to bring more people in.

Laura Kingston, of Story Homes, said: “As a company we want to support local charities and community groups.

“We were very interested in the voluntary work of the Friends of Brierdene, and have donated £500 to support the group’s annual Family Bio Blitz and Moth Night.

“The money will be used for the growing of wild flowers from seed in propagator trays with local schools and members who are not able to volunteer.

“This enables the Friends of Brierdene to improve the density of wild flowers in the Wildlife Site.

“We are very happy to be involved with Friends of Brierdene, which maintains a fantastic dene full of wildlife for residents across North Tyneside to enjoy.”

The annual Family Bio Blitz – which this year is on Saturday, September 10 – will involve the local community participation to help identify and record all the species they can find on the day with help from various experts.

The Moth Night will be conducted by Tom Tams and the Northern Moth recorder, and proved popular last year.