Improvements made to North Tyneside country park

Improvements have been made to a popular country park for the start of the new year.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 8:00 am
The new look picnic area at Weetslade Country Park.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust ended 2019 and started 2020 sprucing Weetslade Country Park in preparation for visitors flocking to the site this spring.

A team of staff and volunteers spent December and the start of January removing tree guards from the established trees to help them flourish, fencing off the picnic area adjacent to the car park making it safe for children, and carrying out essential clearing of the thick gorse around the side of the paths to improve public access.

And as the park is popular with many birds, including skylark, a three hectare enclosed skylark breeding paddock, closed to members of the public, has been created.

Local landscape contractors W L Straughan & Son Ltd installed a new path between the two new paddocks and improved the drainage on the site to prevent flooding.

Peter Ernst, Northumberland Wildlife Trust Estates Officer, said: “Each year Weetslade attracts thousands of visitors – from individuals to school groups, and our aim is to ensure the park is enjoyed by everybody so the support from volunteers in helping me keeping it looking its best is invaluable.”

Situated to the north of Gosforth Park, Weetslade Country Park was developed on the former pit heap of Weetslade Colliery.

The shallow sloping sides of the hill contain areas of grassland, scrub and woodland.

At the foot of the slopes to the west side of the site there are three developing reed beds, home to many common damselflies and dragonflies.

The highest point on the site is 95m above sea level; prominent on the hilltop is the drill head sculpture, a nod to the site’s mining past.