RESTORING HABITAT ABOVE THE TYNE TUNNELS
We’re working with tt2, the operators of the Tyne Tunnels, to transform a woodland above the river crossing – creating an accessible, sustainable community asset that will be enjoyed for generations.
The habitat-restoration project will restore approx. 4.5 ha. of forest that sits directly above the Northbound tunnel, in Wallsend, North Tyneside.
Once complete, the woods will be used by local community groups, schools and TT2’s 150 employees as a space to develop, encourage wildlife and carry out educational activities.
The first stage of the project has just begun and involves mapping flora, plant and wildlife species and monitoring animal feeders to help shape the plans for the restoration.
The nature development, which will take place over a number of years, includes planting a wildflower meadow and installing new fencing, walkways and creating clearings to host group visits and educational activities. Schools and community groups will be invited to get involved, helping with things like making bird feeders and bug hotels.
TT2’s CEO, Philip Smith, which operates the Tyne Tunnels, said: “We are really excited at the prospect of the tunnels sitting under a wonderful, flourishing, biodiverse green haven for wildlife, plants and trees that local people can visit and enjoy. The team here are keen to do everything possible to make the Tyne Tunnels as sustainable as possible and this project will be a key part of that.”
Tyne Rivers Trust is the only environmental charity dedicated to looking after the Tyne Rivers. Its work is vital to tackle the effects of climate change and support the wildlife and landscape of the Tyne rivers.
Simone Saville, My Tyne Project Officer at Tyne Rivers Trust says: “It’s fantastic to see an unused space being transformed into a more diverse habitat for nature to flourish and local groups to enjoy.
Making any space more biodiverse benefits the whole of the Tyne catchment as it supports the wider eco system.”