Nature in Northumberland has hit the jackpot with a substantial lottery boost.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust has received £26,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop its Dynamic Druridge Project.
The initiative involves building a new visitor centre at Hauxley Reserve to replace a facility that was destroyed by arsonists five years ago, as well as improving habitats at sites along Druridge Bay, including Cresswell Pond, Druridge Pools and Linton Lane.
The project aims to work closely with the community to encourage people to feel part of the area in which they live.
Trust Head of Conservation Steve Lowe said: “Landscapes play a huge role in all our lives, but we mustn’t take them for granted. We are therefore delighted to have been awarded £26,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund as it will enable us to fine tune our plans for the next stage of the project and enable us to actively involve the communities in shaping the project.”
The trust is working with architects at Brightblue Studio.
Meanwhile, time is running out to enter the North East Wildlife Photography Competition, run by Northumberland, Durham and Tees Valley wildlife trusts, the Natural History Society of Northumbria and the Great North Museum.
There are six categories and the overall winner will receive £250. The deadline is on Monday. For details visit www.nwt.org.uk/photocompetition2014