Ready, Steady, Grow!

Leanne Shipley, Project Officer at Groundwork North East & Cumbria 

30 March 2016

The Lyne Dene community project is growing from strength to strength. Groundwork North East & Cumbria has been very busy in recent months, working with the Friends of Lyne Dene and the CELL Big Local Environment Group. Together, we’ve secured funding, worked with volunteers to carry out environmental improvements and planned future events to change perceptions of this valuable green space.

The Crown Estate generously contributed £20,000 to fund access improvements. With help from Northumberland County Council’s public rights of way team, the second phase of improvements began in March, linking up paths to create a more accessible circular route at the Lynemouth end of the Dene and tidying up the entrance near the allotments.

A big thank you to all our supporters! Over 40 adults and children helped out at our Community Tree Planting Day in March and we would love even more local people to get involved.”

Leanne Shipley, Project Officer at Groundwork North East and Cumbria

Under the care of the recently formed Friends of Lyne Dene, the space is blossoming. Local volunteers have worked hard to remove tonnes of fly tipping, along with dead trees that had fallen into the river and caused blockages. Over 40 adults and children helped out at our Community Tree Planting Day in March, planting 420 fruiting trees donated by the Woodland Trust, such as hazel, blackthorn and crab apple, to improve the habitat for wildlife.

We’re also delighted that children from William Leech Campus in Lynemouth have adopted 151 locally gathered acorns, which they’re growing into oak trees to plant in the Dene. Plus, they’ve built bird boxes and grown wild flowers from seeds to boost the already fantastic array of flora and fauna in the Dene.

Additional funding from the Tesco Bags of Help programme will help create stopping points in the Dene, complete with benches, picnic tables and interpretation panels. Other large organisations providing support include Northumbria Water, whose volunteers carried out meadow work and cleared river blockages. Volunteers from EE will also be helping us install benches and picnic tables over the summer.

Work continues to encourage responsible recreational users onto the site, change some of the negative perceptions about this fantastic space and banish antisocial behaviour.

Further information

The ACE project