Volunteers start work on new wildlife area

Volunteers involved in the clean up at North Shields Bankside.
Volunteers involved in the clean up at North Shields Bankside.
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Volunteers braved the cold, wind and rain to start work improving an area of North Shields.

Supported by Groundwork NE and Tynemouth Army Reservists, they carried out work on North Shields Bankside.

Self-sown trees were removed, older trees had their crowns lifted and the invasive white wash bramble was taken in hand.

The long-term plan for the site is to manage the area for a variety of wildlife and to make the quiet spot – near the town centre – a beautiful space with strategic views across the river.

Kay Bradshaw, from Groundwork NE & Cumbria, said: “It was great to see such commitment from local people on such a horrid day.

“Having the Tynemouth Army Reservists really boosted morale. We got so much more done than we expected on our first make a difference day, a big thank-you to everyone.”

North Tyneside Council has been supporting the project, funding community sessions and providing specialist works, helping to keep the site safe and the residential area tidy.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I am delighted we are able to support this really worthwhile project and I would like to say a huge ‘well done’ to all those involved for their efforts.”

A spokesman for 216 (Tynemouth) Transport Squadron RLC said: “On the day we had nine volunteers who went along to the event and, despite the horrendous weather conditions, really enjoyed the day.”