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Better Ouseburn

Our Better Ouseburn project has launched! Thanks to funding from the Reece Foundation, we’ll be delivering practical work to improve the water quality of this urban river over the next 6 months. We’re starting with repairing and re-enforcing the riverbank to reduce pollution from bankside erosion. We’ll also be working with Ouseburn Farm to help it recycle farmyard waste into fertiliser and reduce run-off into the river.

The project is linked to monitoring work being carried out by Newcastle University so we can measure its impact on water quality downstream.

Ceri Gibson, CEO of Tyne Rivers Trust says: “The Ouseburn has failed to meet water quality standards for some time so it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to do something about it. The practical work we’re going to be doing will help to improve the water quality and habitat of this river, as well as bringing wider benefits to the whole of the Ouseburn community.”

Anne Reece Chair of Reece Foundation added “The Ouseburn runs through some much loved and visited areas including Jesmond Dene but is often dirty and smelly. It could be a wonderful corridor for wildlife through an urban area and a much more enjoyable place to be. The work of Tyne Rivers Trust will be invaluable in achieving this aim.”

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