Wildlife ‘oasis’ once more has flag flying

Mayor Norma Redfearn presents the Green Flag Award to members of Friends of Brierdene.
Mayor Norma Redfearn presents the Green Flag Award to members of Friends of Brierdene.

A popular wildlife site in Whitley Bay has once again been recognised for its beauty.

Brierdene wildlife site has been named as one of the best in the UK after being given a prestigious Green Flag award by environment charity Keep Britain Tidy – for the second year in a row.

The site in Whitley Bay, which stretches from the Links to Whitley Bay Golf Club, is looked after and managed by volunteers and members at the Friends of Brierdene for the last six years.

Areas have been cleared and planted with wild flowers, bulbs and trees, helping to improve the habitats for wildlife.

The volunteers are keen to get the local community involved in the conservation work of the dene, which was one of the areas recognised in the award.

Tony Lister, chairman of the Friends of Brierdene, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag award for the second year running.”

Green Flag award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities.

“They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages. That is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”