Cash boost to help work at popular dene

A lottery cash boost will help find out more about conserving an award-winning nature area in Whitley Bay.

Officials at the Friends of Brierdene are celebrating after being awarded £29,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for their 12-month project Investigating, Improving and Conserving the Flora and Fauna of the Brierdene.

It will include two scientific surveys at the dene – which stretches from The Links to Whitley Bay Golf Course – as well as improvements to access and footpaths and a new wild flower area.

The Friends have spent six years managing conservation work on the site, with support from North Tyneside Council.

Members of the local community are also involved, with regular newsletters and updates on the Friends website.

Tony Lister, Friends chairman, said: “We are thrilled to receive the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident that the local community will support these improvements to their local wildlife site.”

Ivan Crowther, head of the Heritage Lotter Fund north east, said: “We are pleased to support the Friends of Brierdene with this project that will stimulate and maintain people’s interest in nature.”