Making friends in green places

RESIDENTS have the chance to help safeguard the long-term future of a successful environmental project at a meeting tonight.

A meeting is being held this evening from 5pm to 6.30pm at the Teesmouth Field Centre, on the Hartlepool power station approach road, as the first step towards forming a Friends of Wild Green Spaces in Hartlepool group.

The three-year Wild Green Spaces in Hartlepool project was awarded a National Lottery grant of more than £350,000 following a successful bid by Hartlepool Borough Council in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Burn Valley Project Steering Group.

Funded by Natural England through its Access to Nature initiative which, in turn, is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme, the project aims to involve people in a range of works to improve and develop the town’s parks and Local Nature Reserves.

Current funding runs out in September. Organisers say they are looking for other sources of funding but hope the formation of a “friends” group will help to ensure that the project lives on.

The meeting will include a presentation and discussion on the Wild Green Spaces in Hartlepool project’s achievements to date and its future outlook.

For more information about the meeting or the project generally call (01325) 853325, 07795453389 or e-mail