Environmental works are making a big difference

Members of the community, Andy Wells and Groundwork North East and Cumbria staff at the path official opening.
Members of the community, Andy Wells and Groundwork North East and Cumbria staff at the path official opening.

Community members came together to celebrate the improvements that have been carried out in a green area.

The CELL (Cresswell, Ellington, Linton and Lynemouth) Big Local environment group is working with Groundwork North East and Cumbria to clean-up parts of Lynemouth Dene and enhance and promote responsible access.

As part of this initiative, Andy Wells – head of countryside management at The Crown Estate – recently officially opened the improved path that runs from the Wellway surgery in Lynemouth all the way through the Dene to Ellington.

A number of groups and organisations made the path works possible. The Crown Estate contributed £10,000 for stone, drainage and contractors and the Big Local project funded engagement activities, which enabled Groundwork to organise task days with local volunteers who worked to remove vegetation and overhanging branches back from the path sides in preparation for machines working on the site.

In addition, Northumberland County Council’s rights of way team drew up specifications and oversaw the contractors working on site.

Mr Wells said: “We hope that by supporting local groups and volunteers through our stewardship programme, we can help improve access to public paths on our holdings and enable more local people to enjoy and value the green spaces near them.”

Volunteers meet monthly on site to carry out woodland management tasks and habitat improvements, including work to clear litter and items that have been fly-tipped, and a group called The Friends of Lyne Dene has been formed.

Pupils from William Leech Campus in Lynemouth have undertaken visits to the Dene, grown wildflowers from seed and built bird boxes.

For more details about volunteering and becoming involved with The Friends of Lyne Dene, call Leanne Shipley at Groundwork on 01670 514876.